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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    Let’s Work with Farmers to Manage Upstream Flood Storage Schemes

    More use of upstream storage as a solution to flash river flooding is being considered by senior Government spokespeop...

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

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    Can You Ever Fit and Forget Surface Water Drainage?

    Is there ever a time when a drainage system can be left unmaintained? And how does an owner or operator really know if...

    By: Phil Collins, National Sales Manager, Hydro International

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    Why Drainage Dreams are Achieved Only Through Practical Progress

    BEING a drainage engineer has never been a showstopper dinner table conversation topic! My profession has always had s...

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

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    SuDS Manual (C753) Brings Knowledge Up To Date

    The so-called UK ‘bible’ for Sustainable Drainage System design and delivery has been given an important upgrade, ...

    By: Mark Goodger,

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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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  • Best Practice

    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


National Flood Resilience Review Confirmed

The Government has confirmed details of the National Flood Resilience Review first announced last month following Storm Desmond to assess how the country can be better protected from future flooding and increasingly extreme weather events. Chaired by Oliver Letwin,...

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Up-Flo Filtration Installation Aberdeen Business Park for web

New SUDS Guidance for Scotland

The SUDS Working Party in Scotland has published The Water Assessment and Drainage Assessment Guide (WADAG). This supersedes previous guidance ‘Drainage Assessment: A Guide for Scotland’. The WADAG is intended to help guide developers, planners and others involved i...

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Scottish Govt Launches £235m Flood Risk Management Plan

The Scottish Government has announced a £235m flood risk management plan to protect up to 10,000 properties from the risk of flooding. The Flood Risk Management plan contains 14 local strategies and proposals for 42 flood protection schemes or engi...

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Upcoming Industry Events

Free Webinar
Water Quantity Design in Accordance with the New SuDS Manual (C753)
25 February 2016
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Flood & Coast 2016
23-25 February 2016
Telford International Centre
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11 & 12 May 2016
Peterborough Arena
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Featured Video

'How to Prevent Flooding': Landscape Institute: Let's Get Nibbling!

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