Basement construction and groundwater in London advice

Basement construction and groundwater in London advice

Basement construction in London has been a common for the last 300 years. However, the recent escalation in land prices and conservation restrictions regarding works above ground, have increase the desire to install new larger basements. Such large basements are becoming more common, especially around Hampstead, Notting Hill and Chelsea. A central document for consideration in the design of basements is BS8102 – The Code of practice for protection of below ground structures against water from the ground BS8102 covers...

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Flood risk assessment advice – 5 “secret” tips to know

Flood risk assessment advice – 5 “secret” tips to know

It is value, rather than cost which is critical when obtaining flood risk assessment advice (FRA). You are essentially employing a civil engineering professional, to use their experience, to produce an independent report. The report should be independent to you, the various Authorities, Insurers or others involved in your existing site, potential purchase, or in relation to your proposed development.   It is often the case that flood risk assessments are requested by Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) in relation to...

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Retaining wall design

Retaining wall design

We have experience of retaining wall design for a wide range of private clients and landscaping architects. So what is a retaining wall? A retaining wall is a structure designed and constructed to resist the loading (lateral pressure of soil ) when there is a proposed change in ground elevation that exceeds the natural maximum angle the soil hold at (the angle of repose). Retaining walls often use expensive materials and can be slow to construct. They also can be considered to create a safety hazard, especially around schools....

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Sustainable Drainage Design and SUDs

Sustainable Drainage Design and SUDs

We have extensive experience of sustainable drainage design, in relation to housing, schools, hospitals and other developments. Often called SUDs or Sustainable Urban Drainage Design Systems, they are applicable to both rural and urban areas. We call the field – sustainable drainage. We have specialist expertise in sustainable drainage design and lectured on the subject to Royal Insitution of Chartered Surveyors and other professional organisations. We presented at the International Conference on SUDS in 2012. We...

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Malvern College Sports Centre

Malvern College Sports Centre

Malvern is famous for its groundwater springs and it’s College. On this project the two came together! Says Wilsham Consulting Director – Stephen Gibson When Malvern College decided to progress with the" Malvern College Sports Centre Project" my specialist experience in hydrogeology and sustainable drainage proved invaluable. What were the key civil elements at the planning stage? Malvern Hills District Council planning conditions required: Sustainable surface water drainage Flood reduction / mitigation in...

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