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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    Election Countdown – A vote for flood investment

    With the countdown to the 2015 General Election underway, the two main parties have already gone head-to-head on flood...

    By: Phil Collins, National Sales Manager, Hydro International

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    Flood Defences: Getting our Priorities Right

    When the cuts start to bite, what’s the best way to spend limited flood defence funding? It’s a debate that’s cr...

    By: Phil Collins, National Sales Manager, Hydro International

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    Fudge and Free-For-All? What to Make of The Alternative SuDS Plan?

    Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more confusion. Threatened delay and disagreement on Sustainable Drainag...

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

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    London, the Supersewer and SuDS – The Great Debate

    London’s ‘ Supersewer ’ has provoked much controversy and – whether you are in the Tideway Tunnel ‘yes’ or...

    By: Phil Collins, National Sales Manager, Hydro International

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  • Best Practice

    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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    Housebuilder’s New Vision for SuDS

    A new homes development in Hampshire by Grainger plc has established a blueprint for a pioneering Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) infrastructure on large mixed-use developments which is providing a best-practice benchmark for developers. From whe...

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    Welsh ‘Quality’ Treatment with New Bioretention System

    One of the first UK installations of the innovative new Hydro BioCell™ bioretention and biofiltration system has brought attractive landscaping and stringent stormwater quality control to a sensitive location in Barry, South Wales. Vale of Glamorga...

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    Innovative Hydro Up-Flo™ Filter Treats Access Road Surface Water Runoff

    One of the first UK stormwater treatment solutions using Hydro’s innovative Up-Flo™ filtration technology has enabled developer Fairview New Homes to incorporate SuDS with two levels of treatment into the surface water drainage for a new access r...

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    Raising a Toast to SuDS on a Scottish Mountain Highway

    Highway degradation and surface water pollution in an environmentally sensitive area of the Scottish Cairngorms famous for its whisky production have been tackled with an imaginative SuDS Solution from Hydro International which has averted potential ...

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Industry News

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Climate committee chair warns of ‘ineffectual’ SuDS policy

Professor Lord Krebs, chair of the Committee on Climate Change’s sub-committee on adaptation has warned of the risk of an “ineffectual policy” on sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) being introduced in April 2015. A requirement for SuDS is set to be brought in fo...

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Efra MPs Question Plans to Attract Private Floods Funding

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Efra) has queried the Government's plan to attract £600 million from external funders to bolster flood defences. The cross-party parliamentary Committee has pointed to the low levels ...

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ICE Manifesto Calls for Long-Term Flood Risk Investment

In its Manifesto for Infrastructure, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)  has set out its hopes for the next Government "to establish a long term vision for UK infrastructure and a framework that puts the vision above political fault lines – building on progres...

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"BBC News - Global flood toll to triple by 2030"

Upcoming Industry Events

CIWEM Annual Conference 2015
Challenge and Change: How regulatory innovation and partnership working can deliver the needs of customers and the environment.
15 & 16 April 2015
Royal Geographical Society, London
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Round Table Teases Out Lessons Learned from SUDS in Scotland

Download a copy of the SUDS in Scotland - Experience and Opportunity survey report here.


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