Technical Design of Nature Based Solutions within the Urban Environment


1-day course

CPD Credit: 8 hours, C2

Course Overview 

With the combination of climate change and aging infrastructure continuing to add pressure on the ability of existing networks to manage surface water flooding on our streets effectively; the need for the efficient design and construction of nature-based solutions to address this issue has never been more urgent. The purpose of this course is to outline the key processes in the detailed design of nature-based solutions within the public realm. As well as illustrating how to identify, establish and use key design parameters to appropriately size and specify proposed SuDS interventions, this course will also outline methods for overcoming key barriers to construction.

The opportunity will also be provided to discuss and work through a local example against current guidance of where these principles are being employed.

Course Aim

• Establish SuDS design criteria, parameters and processes.

• Identify methods to overcome barriers and constraints in SuDS design within the urban environment.

• Review approaches to maximising SuDS benefit against four design pillars.

• Apply knowledge gained to real-life worked examples. 

Course Objectives

• Understanding different forms of urban SuDS and their appropriateness in urban environments.

• Understanding how key design parameters are ascertained.

• Understanding how to apply relevant guidance and processes.

• Understanding how to identify risks and methods for mitigation.

• Understanding relevant calculation processes to maximise SuDS benefit.

Course Programme

Morning Session

• Review of key SuDS design criteria and how this impacts the concept design process.

• Review methods to establish and mitigate key risks through design.

• Outline key design parameters and details, as well as methods to maximise the benefit of SuDS construction.

• Discuss detailed design calculation processes and review against current guidance.

Afternoon Session

• Go through a design work example.

• Review real-life example and implementation of discussed design measures.

Who should attend

This course will be of interest to any civil engineer, drainage engineer, roads engineers, local authority officers and contractors working with the public realm, architects, landscape architects, urban designers  involved in the design and delivery of projects through the development consent process in the Republic of Ireland, in both private and public sector.  

Trainer Profile

Mark Solley, Civic Engineers

Chartered Senior Civil Engineer with over five years’ experience leading the engineering design of public realm schemes, specialising in the incorporation of nature-based solutions within the urban environment and improving active travel connectivity. 

Having worked on a variety of large-scale projects (both in Scotland and Ireland), Mark’s experience includes the preparation of SuDS concept design strategies, the leading of spatial co-ordination through the managing on-site constraints, the carrying out of detailed hydraulic modelling for SuDS interventions and the preparation of technical drawings for construction.

Sustainability Badge

Engineers Ireland supports the Sustainable Development Goals. This event contributes to Engineers Ireland's Sustainability Framework.

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email