How the HS2 is influencing market changes

In the first of a series of blogs on how HS2 is impacting the built environment sector, we look at how its regulatory requirements are influencing operations and even setting standards: As construction of the UK’s latest high speed rail link – HS2 – continues, its development looks likely to have a long-term impact on […]

How geotechnical solutions can support renewable energy sources

The energy industry has changed, with a growing reliance on and demand for ‘green’ energy. Renewable energy now makes up more than 40% of the UK’s power supply, as government and businesses work towards global carbon reduction targets and consumers call for environmentally sound products and services. To keep up with demand, planners and developers […]

How to deliver environmental protection during groundworks

Groundworks are an essential part of construction projects but can pose a number of risks to the environment. Digging, disturbing or moving ground, having heavy machinery and equipment travelling across a site, and inclement weather conditions can all pose risks to local ecosystems and the environment. Without due care and attention vegetation or trees can […]

Alternative solutions to achieve abutment and embankment stabilisation

For embankments or bridge abutments to be effective, stability and longevity are key. To provide support and be resistant to soil erosion from water run-off and adverse weather, they must be carefully planned and executed during construction works then maintained on completion. A number of methods are available to deliver stable, long-lasting solutions, including: soil […]

Has your Silt Fence been installed properly?

For cost effective, durable silt control on a construction site, silt fences are an optimal solution. They are an essential tool, ensuring environmental protection and reducing risk of pollution to nearby watercourses or surrounding land. To properly install a silt fence, you’ll need to understand the following: What is silt? Silt forms when materials are […]

The dual benefits of SUDS basins

There is growing urgency for new construction sites to meet sustainability targets. As construction projects create carbon emissions and habitat loss, it is the responsibility of developers to ensure every aspect of a new site includes steps to reduce environmental harm. Sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) provide opportunities to fulfil all environmental, legal and planning […]

Dust on construction sites and how to manage it

Dust on construction sites

Dust is an inevitable and challenging by-product of construction works, particularly during the drier summer months. Because it can be harmful to the environment, a site and the people working or living close by, it is important to implement measures to reduce and control its impact. As the weather gets warmer and ground dries out, […]

Key considerations when building an access road

Access routes are an integral part of all new construction sites Providing access for staff, contractors, equipment and materials, they are essential to efficient project management and delivery. Correct construction and detailed design is essential for both short-term and long-lasting benefits – ensuring they are robust enough to withstand heavy vehicles during construction works, and […]

How to boost vegetation growth in April

With the weather on your side, you can improve embankment stabilisation and reduce erosion risk As the weather is turning warmer and the days are growing longer, spring is reflecting an optimistic mood across the country – and creating ripe conditions for groundworks on construction sites. Now is an ideal time to boost vegetation growth, […]

What are the risks of soil stripping a site too early?

Soil erosion and migration are not problems caused solely by adverse weather – they are often created and exacerbated by poor practice on-site. Stripping a site of soil too early will remove environmental protection or compact the soil, ruining its quality, risking contaminated ground or causing erosion. These each negatively impact the physical, chemical and […]