Patrick Parsons Insights

Can Sustainable Drainage Design Reduce Microplastics?

Plastic pollution is an environmental topic that is getting increased coverage and is emerging on the public, scientific, and political agenda. While plastic pollution is often highly visible, with a…

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Carbon reduction through sustainable drainage

Carbon Reduction Through Sustainable Drainage Systems

Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) offer valuable opportunities for carbon reduction and mitigating the impacts of climate change. By incorporating SuDS into urban planning and development, we can effectively manage stormwater…

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Stem ambassador

What does it mean to be a STEM Ambassador?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and maths; being an ambassador means representing, in my case, engineering as a potential career opportunity. A key part of being an ambassador is…

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

15 May 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted individuals to consider positive and healthier lifestyle changes, such as embracing walking and cycling, leading to less congested streets. These shifts in behavior will likely…

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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: How to select the Right Tool for the Job

Ground investigations are 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,…

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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 construction involves…

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Advice on Bats for Developments and Planning

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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How can Deep Soil Mixing be used as a ground improvement method?

13 October 2018

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?

3 April 2017

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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