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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    New SuDS Regulations – Where Now for SuDS?

    A brave new world for SuDS began when new planning regulations came into force last month, designed to ensure, where p...

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

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    Manifestos for Floods and SuDs? Reviewing the Parties’ Election Agendas

    Throughout the election campaign all the main parties have been united in one commitment at least – that tackling th...

    By: Phil Collins, National Sales Manager, Hydro International

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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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    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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    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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Industry News


Scotland Consults on Flood Risk

The most comprehensive review of flood risk ever undertaken in Scotland is being carried out by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and local authorities. Sustainable ways to tackle flooding and areas most at risk are being identified in a nationwide con...

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“Poor” Progress Made on Delivering SuDS, says CIWEM review

Progress on delivering Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) “has been poor” during the past five years and more needs to be done to resolve issues of guidance, maintenance and adoption, according to the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management (C...

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Retrofit towns and cities for flood resilience, says MPs’ report

The Government should undertake an investment programme to retrofit towns and cities to make them more resilient to flooding according to an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report. The report also calls upon an incoming government to appoint a Cabinet champion to...

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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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