Engineers took a pragmatic approach to designing surface water drainage at Taylor Wimpey’s new Parc-y-Strade housing development on the outskirts of Llanelli, South Wales. Using Hydro-Brake® vortex flow control technology to engineer distributed surface water storage and attenuation across the low-lying, flat site, the development infrastructure satisfies Sustainable Drainage
Struggling out of recession
The construction industry is starting to move out of its recent stupor, according to figures released recently (2 September) by industry analysts Glenigan.Read more
The September Glenigan Index shows that private sector construction starts have returned to growth, though the impact of election delays still hangs over the public sector starts. Overall the underlying value of construction starts was 8% lower during the three months to August than a year earlier, but this rate has improved from a 20% decline in July. Taking the month of August alone saw starts up strongly from a year ago.
The office, hotel and leisure and industrial sectors have all returned to growth during the last three months. The value of underlying office starts, which excludes those on schemes valued at over £100m, was 18% higher than a year earlier, while the hotel and leisure sector saw a rise of 8%. Retail starts remained 8% down on a year ago; however this an improvement on a 21% fall in the three months to July, with August alone seeing strong levels of new activity. Industrial starts were also up on a year earlier, rising 19%. Source: www.glenigan.com
Open eco-homes in Cambridge
An Open Eco Homes event will allow people to visit 15 homes in Cambridge to see how they can cut fuel, save energy and make their homes more comfortable. The event will boast a wide range of homes from Regency to new build. Open eco homes co-ordinator Allan Shepherd said: “This year, we’ve got Cambridge’s first co-housing project – a 42 home development known as K1; a new build kit home-made of super-insulated factory-made panel walls; a St John’s college student house renovation and a house with a hempcrete DIY wall insulation workshop. Read more
Shepherd continued: “Meeting the actual householders should be a great experience for visitors. Every one of them has unique knowledge to pass on because every house is different and everyone has carefully chosen the home improvements right for them and their home.” Practical information, inspiration and advice will be shared at the event, organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. The open homes will be held on September 18 and 24.Book a tour by going to openecohomes.org.uk.