Critical Drainage Area reviews

Critical Drainage Area reviews

Critical drainage areas can cover wide areas within both rural and urban environments: villages towns (such this example from Barnstaple in North Nevon) cities (for example London has many including much of Chelsea) They are where man made drainage infrastrure has been identified as at critical risk of failure, resulting in flooding. Such areas can be completely different or similar, to the areas identified by the Environment Agency as at risk of natural watercourse, river and sea flooding.   So how is a Critical Drainage Area...

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Abingdon Tennis Club given green light at planning for flood mitigation plans

Abingdon Tennis Club given green light at planning for flood mitigation plans

When Abingdon Tennis Club started planning to extend and improve its facilities for the use of the local community, the risk of flooding was rightly flagged up by the Council and local residents. The Club turned to Wilsham Consulting, as a local specialist in sustainable civil engineering design to review and advise on the flooding issues. Some residents were concerned that the works could make the existing flooding worse, a genuine concern in relation to many similar multi use games area (MUGA) developments.   In the past...

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Celebrations as community pub in South Hinksey reopens following professional flood review

Celebrations as community pub in South Hinksey reopens following professional flood review

Obtaining professional flood risk advice is an important consideration for all developments. The role of an experienced civil engineer in reviewing and advising on flood risk measures is necessary to protect potential occupiers. The Environment Agency is correct to reject the cheap mass / computer generated flood risk reports which are available from many of the major UK engineering consultants.However flood risk is often not the only, or even the most relevant planning consideration. There are many different types of risks and modes of flood...

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Code for sustainable homes – hydrology reports towards sur1 and sur2

Code for sustainable homes – hydrology reports towards sur1 and sur2

All new social housing schemes in England must have a Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) rating. While many local authorities in England are requiring the Code for Sustainable Homes to be met as a condition of the planning for private housing schemes. We assist Clients, Architects and others involved in projects to identify or design sustainable drainage and flood risk mitigation works and advise on compliance and performance against the categories Sur 1 (Surface Water Run-off) and Sur 2 (Flood Risk). The Code for Sustainable Homes...

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sustainable civil engineering construction – is 95% recycled material achievable?

sustainable civil engineering construction – is 95% recycled material achievable?

Most developments in the UK consider the carbon impact of the building construction and ongoing operational energy impact. Yet few address the whole carbon and environmental impact of development of developments, to include the civil engineering elements. Perhaps this is an arrogance that "the building" is seen as so more important that the infrastructure that supports it. Or perhaps it is because the UK consultants can often lack the expertise in civil engineering design sustainability and fail to communicate the...

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Civil car park design and sustainable drainage for the Cothill School

Civil car park design and sustainable drainage for the Cothill School

​Schools that perform well become increasingly popular and grow in student numbers. The negative side is that it directly results in an ever greater reliance on the school's physical infrastructure. If the school is to maintain quality and safety then the external fabric needs to be reviewed and improved to support the operation. This often includes a demand for additional safe parking for school coaches and teacher's cars. Physical space can be limited. It is critical that designs can be produced which satisfy the...

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