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.


  • Blog

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    By: Gordon Hunt, County Drainage Engineer, Oxfordshire County Council

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    By: Gordon Hunt, County Drainage Engineer, Oxfordshire County Council

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  • 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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  • 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

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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European Cities “Must Step Up Adaptation Efforts”

Cities across Europe must step up their adaptation efforts if they are to handle the increasingly complex challenges caused by climate change such as flooding and drought, a new European Environment Agency (EEA) report has warned The EEA report Urban adaptation to c...

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Cumbria Flood Action Focuses on Long-Term Catchment Planning

The Government has set out its Cumbria Flood Action Plan entitled "Reducing Flood Risk from Source To Sea", it sets outs the first steps towards an integrated catchment plan for Cumbria.  Cumbria Flood Action Plan In addition to the much-needed short-term acti...

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Upcoming Industry Events

Flood Expo 2016
12 & 13 October 2016
Excel London
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Cost-effective Water Management for New Developments
British Water Event
18 October 2016
London Transport Museum
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CIWEM Urban Drainage Group Autumn Conference & Exhibition
9 - 11 November 2016
Hilton Hotel, Blackpool
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