Learning from HS2’s standards for haul roads

As HS2 meets – and potentially sets – standards for environmental protection in the built environment sector, we look at how its control measures for groundworks can be applied to other projects: Thorough planning for excavation and earthworks is essential on any project. These preparatory works ensure stable foundations not only for the development itself […]

Using sustainable urban drainage systems for water and flood risk management

The delivery of HS2 across England is likely to have a long-lasting impact on the built environment sector. Continuing our series reviewing how it is adopting and influencing best practice, we look at how sustainable urban drainage systems will support its water and flood risk management controls: As winter closes in, water and flood risk […]

Beauty and sustainability: the importance of environmental protection

As we continue to review how HS2 is influencing best practice in the built environment sector, we look at the importance of protecting the beauty and sustainability of landscapes during construction works: HS2, the UK’s second high speed railway, is now well underway, promising both economic and environmental benefits. As well as reducing travel times, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Has the pandemic caused an increase in construction site pollution?

Face masks in water

New evidence suggests that everyday items which have become essential during the pandemic are now threatening the natural environment. An increasing number of face masks, disposable coffee cups and takeaway containers are being found in watercourses, according to environmental groups. A survey by the Marine Conservation Society in Autumn 2020 found masks and other PPE […]