Flood zones 3a and 3b – Functional Flood Plains

Flood zones 3a and 3b – Functional Flood Plains

The Department for Communities and Local Government published the "Technical Guidance to the National Planning Policy Framework" in March 2012. This is important, but not the only document relevant to consideration of flood zones 3a and 3b. One of the key elements of discussion is the designation between flood zones 3a and 3b. It is often completely misunderstood by Local Authorities and others involved in the process. Firstly people need to be clear as to what their role is. The Environment Agency (EA) provides...

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Rainwater harvesting independent advice

Rainwater harvesting independent advice

Rainwater has been harvested – or collected, stored and then used when needed for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Rainwater harvesting remains a standard technique in many parts of the world without mains water, or accessible groundwater. Most areas of the UK have mains clean water supplies. Increasing demand is however been put on this limited mains system and there is greater consideration of the value of making developments more sustainable. All mains water is treated to a high drinking water standard, yet the vast majority...

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Soakaway Design and Construction Advice

Soakaway Design and Construction Advice

A soakaway is a bespoke designed system to discharge water into the ground. Practically every new development from the smallest house extension to multimillion pound developments now have soakaway systems in the UK. In the past, especially on small developments, not much thought was given to the design of soakaways. It is perhaps because getting water into the ground appears like a natural process and therefore "should be easy". However, a building or road development – often located in an urban...

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St Albans High School for Girls, Creative Arts and Technology

St Albans High School for Girls, Creative Arts and Technology

"I was proud to be part of the high quality Architect and Engineering team who delivered this key development at the heart of the St Albans High School for Girls" says Wilsham Consulting Director Stephen Gibson. "It was a very constrained infill site. Careful attenion was needed in the coordination of services and drainage externally to ensure they would all fit. Consideration was needed as to minimising tree route damage. The increase in impermeable area resulted in the need for attenuation storage combined with...

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Flood Mitigation and Flood Defence

Flood Mitigation and Flood Defence

Many of our clients have experienced some form of flooding. Often they will have experienced considerable damage to their property and contents. Some after making a claim in relation to flood damage on their household insurance, are left uninsured in the future. It is therefore critical that they do anything reasonably possible to reduce their risk of future damage. We would usually always visit site to understand the problem. This is combined with our extensive experience of the various forms of flood damage. Flood damage can take...

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