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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Civil Engineering design at the Oxford High School

Civil Engineering design at the Oxford High School

The Oxford High School is one of independent schools of the Girls' Day School Trust. The development provided new dining facilities, a performing arts facility, reception, refurbished drama studios and associated new external works. The Oxford High School main buildings are just above the original and live 1920's North Oxford Trunk Sewer. With the secondary, 1970's trunk sewer running live around the Oxford High School grounds. Wilsham Consultant Director Stephen Gibson says To...

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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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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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