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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swimming pool backwash discharge

swimming pool backwash discharge

Practically all modern swimming pools in the UK operate with a system of pumps and filters (sand). With the pool water circulating though the sand, deposits (such as hair, oil or dead skin etc) can build up. The water flows in through the top of the filter housing and makes its way down through the sand bed where the sharp edges of the sand catch the many of the particulates prior to recirculation. Many filters will remove particles as small as 20 to 25 micrometres, reducing the extent of visible suspended solids.   How does pollutant...

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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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Basement impact assessment advice

Basement impact assessment advice

What is a basement impact assessment? A basement impact assessment is an independent professional engineering review of a basement proposal.  There is no common standard or requirements for basement impact assessments, although each Council has similar elements which they require to be appropriately addressed. Typically, there are three general elements to a basement impact assessment. They should be addressed by three appropriately qualified and insured organisations: The hydraulic civil engineering element – This should be...

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Flood grants for householders and small businesses

Flood grants for householders and small businesses

As one of the leading specialist small consultancies we constantly help home owner and small businesses across the UK with their flooding problems. Been flooded once is bad enough, but to not take steps to reduce it happening again could be far worse. The good news are there are flood grants available. Often insurance companies require evidence that a householder or small business is being pro-active in addressing the flood risk before they will competitively insure the property again. Insurers and the Environment Agency both advise that...

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How to avoid flood damage

How to avoid flood damage

Depending on your location it may not be always possible to avoid flood damage, but it is essential to understand the risk and potentially mitigate. The situation regarding flooding is not as black and white as the Environment Agency often presents it. Their maps are limited to only some of the flood risks associated with new or existing developments. The flood maps relate to land rather than specific buildings with specific floor heights. For the public, it is not flooding generally which is of concern. Some flooding is both natural and can...

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