Sustainable Drainage Systems and Flood Risk

Engineering Nature’s Way is a resource for those working with Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and flood risk management in the UK.

Our aim is to provide news, opinion and best practice information relevant to people working in local and central Government, developers, consulting engineers and contractors.

A key focus of the website is providing a platform for discussion, so if you have something to share,  please contact us.


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    In the effort to be green, UK Government has unwittingly unleashed a new, invisible pollution problem

    The push towards biofuels from the UK Government and the wider EU has presented petrol station forecourt owners with a...

    By: Mark Calvert,

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    Planning Officers Struggling to Make Sense of SuDS Guidance Muddle

    Now that the dust has settled over the elections, its time to think about where we are going with SuDS, and it will be...

    By: Sue Illman, Managing Director, Illman Young

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    Is this the End of the Beginning for Surface Water Management?

    We are at a turning point for surface water management in the UK. If you will forgive me for misquoting Churchill: thi...

    By: Alex Stephenson, Director, UK Stormwater Division, Hydro Int.

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    Our top ten wish-list for the Environment Secretary and her new floods and water minister

    As the majority Conservative Government gets to work, Environment Secretary Liz Truss has returned to her desk and new...

    By: Phil Collins, National Sales Manager, Hydro International

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  • Best Practice

    £4.28 million Flood Defences Go Underground, Overground in London Parks

    A £4.28m award-winning flood defence project in Southwark, South London, is combining above and below-ground temporary flood storage to create a pioneering solution at two sensitive and historic parks....

    Southwark Flood Defence - Stormcell® Installation
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    Northallerton Flood Alleviation Scheme is Built with Sustainable Vortex Technology

    A new £3.1 million flood alleviation scheme in the North Yorkshire town of Northallerton is using innovative vortex flow control technology to reduce the risk of flooding to homes and businesses in the town....

    Northallerton Flood Alleviation
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    Hydro-Brake Optimum® Delivers Tight Fit For New Homes Flood Storage

    Engineers challenged to solve a “tight-fit” surface water management challenge on a new homes development in West Yorkshire turned to Hydro-Brake Optimum® to keep flood protection measures well within safe limits. At the Saffron Park housing dev...

    Halifax Road Development
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    Flow Controls Bring Much-needed Flood Relief in Telford

    An ingenious drainage scheme has provided much-needed relief to a flood-prone Telford community. Engineers used complex vortex flow control technology to solve a difficult problem, maximising the storage volumes available to keep within flood protect...

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    Sustainable Drainage Infrastructure for Cambridge Homes Expansion

    Building a sustainable drainage infrastructure for a development providing 1000s of new homes to serve the expanding Cambridge conurbation has delivered important lessons for housebuilders as they prepare for new regulations for SuDS in England and W...

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    Developer Saves Stormwater Storage Costs

    As the first phase of Edinburgh City Council’s 21st Century Homes project for much-needed affordable housing, the Gracemount development is showcasing sustainable construction. A major feature of the drainage solution is Hydro International’s hig...

    The Gracemount Homes development. Photo courtesy of Edinburgh City Council
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Industry News


New Planning Freedoms to Boost House Building

Chancellor George Osborne’s blueprint to speed the planning process and make it easier for developers to build more new homes has been welcomed by the house building industry. The Government’s policy document "Fixing the Foundations: Creating a More Prosperous Na...

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Monitor and Evaluate SuDS Planning Policy Effectiveness, says CCC

The Committee On Climate Change – set up to advise the UK Government - says a process should be put in place for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of planning policy in achieving a high uptake of SuDS in new development within 2 years. This is just one of...

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“Act With Caution” over Cuts to Infrastructure, ICE warns Government

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has urged the Government to “act with caution” when making spending cuts in areas such as flood risk management, that could impact on the resilience of the UK and its infrastructure networks. In its submission to the Tre...

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Upcoming Industry Events

Flood Defence and Prevention 2015
14 & 15 October 2015
Excel, London
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'How to Prevent Flooding': Landscape Institute: Let's Get Nibbling!

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