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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    Why Drainage Dreams are Achieved Only Through Practical Progress

    BEING a drainage engineer has never been a showstopper dinner table conversation topic! My profession has always had s...

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

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    SuDS Manual (C753) Brings Knowledge Up To Date

    The so-called UK ‘bible’ for Sustainable Drainage System design and delivery has been given an important upgrade, ...

    By: Mark Goodger,

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    Sponge Cities: China’s solution to flooding and drought

    What is a Sponge City? The traditional idea of managing surface water runoff in an urban environment is to funnel that...

    By: Clive Evans,

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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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  • Best Practice

    Aberdeen Business Park Targets Water Quality with Filtration and Bioretention

    Aberdeen’s new International Business Park, built next to the City’s International Airport, is delivering a best-practice Sustainable Drainage (SuDS) scheme using filtration and bioretention technologies from Hydro International to meet strict pl...

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    £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...

    Photo courtesy of Mouchel
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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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Industry News

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CIRIA SuDS Manual is Significantly Updated

The SuDS Manual, the key guidance for all those involved in designing, building and operating Sustainable Drainage Systems has been significantly updated to provide a comprehensive reference document, reflecting current thinking and drive f...

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Southwark Flood Defence - Stormcell® Installation

Thames Launches £20m Twenty 4 Twenty SuDS Campaign

Thames Water has launched the Twenty 4 Twenty initiative -  a £20m campaign aimed at transforming at least 20 hectares of hard, impermeable surfaces into sustainable drainage projects over the next five years. The water company hopes the SuDS will ease pressure o...

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“Radical” London SuDS Action Plan Opens for Consultation

A "radical" action plan for SuDS aiming to bring about a "step change" in how rainwater is managed in the Capital has been announced.  The plan is needed to prevent over-capacity in London's sewers that could risk major flooding by 2050, ac...

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Upcoming Industry Events

Flood & Coast 2016
23-25 February 2016
Telford International Centre
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11 & 12 May 2016
Peterborough Arena
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'How to Prevent Flooding': Landscape Institute: Let's Get Nibbling!

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