Patrick Parsons Insights

COVID-19 and the Implications for Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering

If there are any positives to come out of the coronavirus pandemic, it is that people are considering positive, healthier changes to their lifestyles.  Many have rediscovered the pleasures of…

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Unexploded Ordnance – is your site at risk?

During WWII, 30,000 tonnes of bombs were dropped on Britain. Combined with munitions from WWI and Ministry of Defence firing ranges, the chance of encountering Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) must be…

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Applying for a Building Warrant in Scotland?

The Scottish Building Standards system is markedly different from, and in many ways more rigorous than, the system currently operating in England and Wales. Lack of understanding of the requirements…

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Ground Investigations: Selecting the Right Tool for the Job

Ground investigation is a vital aspect of any development project. Careful planning is needed to give the correct ground characterisation data and inform the development process.For all construction projects, it…

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What is Slipform Construction?

Slipform is a construction method for reinforced concrete walls, generally lift and stair core walls, and is often economical for buildings more than ten storeys in height. Slipform involves the…

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Bats: What you need to know for your development

The UK supports 17 breeding bat species, all of which are protected by both domestic and international legislation. This legislation also extends to protect any structure or place that a…

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Land Remediation and Derelict Land Relief

Land Remediation Relief (including derelict land) was introduced in 2001 and modified in 2009 to incentivise the development of brownfield sites blighted by contamination and dereliction. It is only available to companies…

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Deep Soil Mixing as a ground improvement method

Deep Soil Mixing (DSM) is a ground improvement technique which can be used to enhance the characteristics of weak soil by mechanically mixing them with a cementitious binder. The method…

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Post-recession Britain: how does Brownfield Remediation look now?

Recent changes to the ways in which we approach brownfield site clean-up have taken place leading to a root and branch shift from ‘dig and dump’ to sustainable remediation. Following…

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