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.


  • Upstream flood storage area holding excess water to prevent downstream flooding.


    Are Upstream Storage and Natural Flood Management the Same Thing?

    Upstream storage is a vastly underestimated tool for catchment-wide flood prevention that is already well proven. The ...

    By: Phil Collins, National Sales Manager, Hydro International

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  • Berewood SuDS during construction with show homes in the background


    How to Ensure Quality in SuDS Construction

    Have we put the cart before the horse when it comes to ensuring quality in the construction of Sustainable Drainage Sy...

    By: Mark Goodger, Regional Technical Manager, Hydro International UK Stormwater Divison

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    Solving the Puzzle of SuDS Ownership

    Who is best placed to own Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in the UK? Until we put this enduringly thorny problem t...

    By: Andrew Kane,

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  • Berewood SuDS during construction with show homes in the background


    Will Brexit make a difference to the UK Water Environment?

    As the UK looks to a future outside the EU with a new Prime Minister at the helm, and a new Environment Secretary in p...

    By: Mark Goodger, Regional Technical Manager, Hydro International UK Stormwater Divison

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  • Best Practice

    Maintenance and Inspection Critical for Cornwall Highway Soakaways

    Managing highway surface water runoff as part of a much-needed development of affordable housing in rural Cornwall, UK has been assured with a Stormbloc® geocellular soakaway system from Hydro International. Maintenance and regular inspection were k...

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  • Best Practice

    Flow Controls Deliver SuDS Design for Challenging Llanelli Housing Development

    Engineers took a pragmatic approach to designing surface water drainage at Taylor Wimpey’s new Parc-y-Strade housing development on the outskirts of Llanelli, South Wales. Using Hydro-Brake® vortex flow control technology to engineer distributed s...

    Parc y Strade Housing Development
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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...

    Up Flo Filtration at Aberdeen International Business Park for web
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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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  • Best Practice

    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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  • Best Practice

    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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Industry News

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EFRA MPs Demand Major Flood Reforms

UK MPs have called for a root-and-branch review of flood management in England and major reforms to the way it is governed.  An influential parliamentary select committee says that current flood management is “inefficient, fragmented and ineffective”. Far-reachi...

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Water Sector Invites Views for 21st Century Drainage Programme

Water UK, the organisation which represents the UK Water Companies, is seeking stakeholder views as the latest step in its 21st Century Drainage Programme. A new and wide-ranging report invites a consultative response as part of the initiative which is looking at the...

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Photo of flooding on Somerset levels (c) Bill Stilling

National Flood Resilience Review Published

The UK Government’s much-anticipated review of National Flood Resilience has been published with a commitment to providing vulnerable communities with more temporary defences, a new approach to fluvial and coastal flood risk modeling and better protection of key infra...

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Upcoming Industry Events

FLOODrisk 2016
3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management
17-21 October 2016
Lyon, France /> For more information...

CIWEM Urban Drainage Group Autumn Conference & Exhibition
9 - 11 November 2016
Hilton Hotel, Blackpool
For more information...

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'How to Prevent Flooding': Landscape Institute: Let's Get Nibbling!

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