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.


  • 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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    SuDS – a Matter of Definition?

    If you asked a developer, a planning officer and a consulting engineer for a definition of SuDS, do you think you woul...

    By: Alex Stephenson, Market Development Director, Hydro International.

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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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  • Best Practice

    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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Industry News

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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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Cumbria Floods

Defra Launches a Competition on Flood Risk Management in Cumbria

A competition to encourage innovative and practical approaches to flood risk management in Cumbria following the winter's flooding has been launched by the UK Government. Building on the work of the Cumbria Floods Partnership, the aim of the competition is to create ...

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Recent Tweets

"BLOG: Who should adopt, own and maintain #SuDS in the future? Hydro International's Andy Kane considers the options"
"CASE STUDY: Vortex separator tackles hydrocarbon pollution in sensitive wetland on London common #SuDS"

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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