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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    SuDS Survey Results: Can a Broad Toolbox Lift Barriers to Adoption?

    Could a greater acceptance of proprietary systems as part of a broad SuDS toolbox facilitate more widespread adoption ...

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

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    SuDS Survey: Why Maintenance is the Key Sticking Point for SuDS Delivery

    The results of our SuDS: The State of the Nation 2016  survey are in.  We’ve been overwhelmed by the response, and...

    By: Phil Collins, European Sales Director, Hydro International

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    Are Water Companies the “Missing Link” for SuDS Adoption?

    The recommendations of the parliamentary Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee for a major upheaval ...

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

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    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, European Sales Director, Hydro International

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  • Best Practice

    Scottish Flood Alleviation Scheme Targets Rail Flood Risk

    A long-standing flooding issue for Falkirk Council has been protected from peak rainfall risk with a robust stormwater storage solution from Hydro International that saved space and preserved nearby recreational facilities for local residents. Crossi...

    Scottish Flood Alleviation Scheme Targets Rail Flood Risk
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    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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    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...

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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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Industry News

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Uncertainty About Maintenance is Presenting Barriers to SuDS Adoption, Survey Finds

Lack of a clear framework for the maintenance and performance of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) is seen by professionals as a key barrier to effective delivery and adoption, a national survey has found. The results of the research, conducted by Engineering Natur...

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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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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
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