Edinburgh Sustainable Rainwater Management Guidance

The Scottish government has declared a Climate Emergency updating targets on carbon fixing and reduced emissions. Thirteen of the UN Sustainable development goals link to water highlighting that water management is a core issue in bring about an adaptable, sustainable future. This guidance is part of the commitment made by City of Edinburgh council's sustainability programme which aims to achieve a carbon neutral status by 2030. It is designed to enable everyone involved in planning, maintenance, change or development in Edinburgh to routinely consider opportunities to identify and integrate sustainable drainage and green infrastructure.
This innovative guidance is the first of its kind in Scotland (the second in the UK) and sets a high benchmark for integration of blue-green infrastructure in the City of Edinburgh. It takes a holistic approach to rainwater management and climate change adaption that focuses on positive, placemaking, people and nature.
This guidance is particularly relevant at this moment when the global pandemic has allowed us as a nation to pause and reassess how we live and work in our cities. It provides a practical, accessible guide that covers the ' why, ' how' and ' where' of bringing about positive change, restoring nature, greening our cities and creating beautiful inclusive places.


  • Project Name

    Edinburgh Sustainable Rainwater Management Guidance

  • Location

    Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

  • Category

    Research, documentation and publication

  • Landscape Architect

    Atkins Landscape and Urban Design

  • Client

    City of Edinburgh Council

  • Awards

    LI Awards 2020 Finalist - Excellence in Landscape Planning and Assessment


  • Project Team

    Project Client: The City of Edinburgh Council Project Sponsor: Sustrans Project Team: Julie Waldron (Client Project Manager) Senior Planner, CMLI, City of Edinburgh Council Ujwala Fernandes (Project Manager and Technical Lead) Associate Landscape Architect, CMLI, Atkins Sian Lovell (Landscape Lead) Senior Landscape Architect, CMLI, Atkins Lucy Duerden (Project Landscape Architect) Landscape Architect, MLI, Atkins Zorica Todorovic (Technical Lead - Water) Associate Director, (Water) Atkins

  • Year Completed


  • Contract Value

    Budget: Phase 1 - £76,340; Phase 2 - £30,000

  • Atkins Landscape and Urban Design

    Registered Practice - (3 - 5 Employees)
  • Approximate Map Location


    Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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