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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    One Small Step…

    NEW sustainable drainage system (SuDS) questions are to be added to the standard conveyancing searches undertaken by s...

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

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    Is English SuDS Policy Working?

    Do we really need another review of SuDS policy? We’ve had plenty already and, going right back to the recommendatio...

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

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    Schedule 3 – Gone but not quite forgotten yet?

    THE HOUSE of Lords became the rather polite battleground last week for an attempt to revive abandoned proposals to est...

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

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    Welsh Standards Light the Way for Future SuDS Delivery

    Having been born and bred in Wales, as well as currently living there, I can be forgiven for a little favouritism for ...

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

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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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  • 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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    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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    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

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Engineered and natural solutions both needed to tackle urban flood risk

A new briefing note by the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST) collates current expert opinion to provide a valuable policy review on Adapting Urban Areas to Flooding. The note stresses that “there is no single solution that can manage all flood...

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Reactive Flood Defence Funding is Unacceptable, warn MPs

The Government's reactive approach to spending on flood defences and a lack of long-term strategic planning is failing to protect communities at risk of flooding, a new report by an influential committee of MPs is warning. The Environmental Audit Committee, chaired ...

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Government Commits to Review SuDS Delivery in England

As deliberations over the Housing and Planning Bill near their final stages, the Government has committed to conducting a statutory review of the effectiveness of the SuDS planning policy introduced in England in April 2015.  However, the timing of the review has yet t...

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Recent Tweets

"'Even a city that already has lots of paving can be changed to use rainwater much better' - Schools #SuDS animation https://t.co/SFZxAgBpXs"
"Conveyancers told to prepare for severe disruption in Local Authority search services due to the changes to CON29 on 4 July @TConveyancer"

Upcoming Industry Events

Floodex
18 & 19 May 2016
Peterborough Arena
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SuDS in London
British Water Event
27 May 2016
City Hall, London
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'How to Prevent Flooding': Landscape Institute: Let's Get Nibbling!

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