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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Dropped kerbs law and drop kerb applications – Section 184

Dropped kerbs law and drop kerb applications – Section 184

It is common for most new developments and for many existing householders to seek new vehicle access points from the public highway. The most basic form is where the kerbs are dropped and pavement reconstructed at a new gradient to provide a sound entrance. Dropped kerbs – laws and applications The starting position however is that neither you, nor a local builder, have the legal right to do such work. You don't own the public highway, or any of the apparatus within it. If you drive onto the public highway and damage services...

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Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB)

Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB)

The Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) is often considered the "Highway Design Bible". It is a comprehensive series of highway documents, including standards, specifications and standard details. It is specifically designed for use on UK motorways and trunk roads. It has many sections which are not appropriate for local authority roads and is even less suitable around very low traffic roads such as schools and small residential estates. "On many occasions I have come across young engineers applying asphalt mixes...

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Highway Design Services

Highway Design Services

We offer the following highway design services: Design of public highways for adoption (Section 38 of the Highway Act) Design of private roads under Private Road Agreements or to Building Control requirements Design of private drives, often using specialist surfacing Design of car parks and commercial loading areas Inspection of existing concrete or asphalt surfaces and advice on repair Evaluation of highway safety, new entrances and visibility disputes Independent professional engineering advice in relation to contractural disputes...

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