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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    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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    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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    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...

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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

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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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Huge Work Necessary for Flood Resilience, says UK Charity

The National Flood Forum, the UK charity dedicated to supporting and representing communities at risk of flooding, says people believe there is still a huge amount of work to be done to successfully manage and reduce flood risk. The NFF manifesto, issued just befor...

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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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Upcoming Industry Events

Flood Defence and Prevention 2015
14 & 15 October 2015
Excel, London
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