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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    In the effort to be green, UK Government has unwittingly unleashed a new, invisible pollution problem

    The push towards biofuels from the UK Government and the wider EU has presented petrol station forecourt owners with a...

    By: Mark Calvert,

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    Planning Officers Struggling to Make Sense of SuDS Guidance Muddle

    Now that the dust has settled over the elections, its time to think about where we are going with SuDS, and it will be...

    By: Sue Illman, Managing Director, Illman Young

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    Is this the End of the Beginning for Surface Water Management?

    We are at a turning point for surface water management in the UK. If you will forgive me for misquoting Churchill: thi...

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

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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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  • 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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    £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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    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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    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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Industry News


UK Body Calls for Joined-up Research into Floods and Droughts

The research arm of leading water UK water organisation has called for more joined-up approach between industry, Government and funding bodies to achieve more whole-system thinking to tackle water challenges. Looking for new ways to ensure security of water supply an...

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New chief executive for Environment Agency

Sir James Bevan has been appointed chief executive of the Environment Agency.   Former chief executive Paul Leinster left his role on 25 September after 17 years at the Environment Agency.  David Rooke, the Environment Agency’s current exe...

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Green Infrastructure Key to Healthier Cities, UK Government told

The potential for Green Infrastructure to have a positive impact on public health has been explored in a paper published by the UK Government Office for Science. Incorporating Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) is one of the key suggestions identified by Dr Val Kirby a...

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Upcoming Industry Events

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