London’s Lost Tunnels

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In recent years there have been numerous concerning incidents involving rail tunnels and construction works that have highlighted the need for environmental vigilance. One of these occurred in March 2013 when the driver of a First Capital Connect train from Moorgate to Welwyn Garden City reported that water was flowing from the roof of a


The Success of Flood Re?

Now the weather has taken a very sharp turn and is becoming colder and wetter, it’s as good a time as any to check your home insurance policies for flood cover. In April this year a new re-insurance scheme, Flood Re, was launched. Initially 16 insurers signed up, and six months on, 41 have since


RIBA Stirling Prize

The RIBA Stirling Prize is one of the most coveted awards among the UK architecture landscape. Born in 1996 out of its predecessor, The Building of the Year Award, The RIBA Stirling Prize is presented to RIBA Chartered Architects and International Fellows for buildings in the UK which have made the greatest contribution to the


The Benefits of the Screening Report

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The Groundsure Screening Search report provides an overview of the environmental risks relating to commercial properties, high value residential properties and those with more than five hectares of land. The Groundsure Screening Search report includes detailed environmental data on contaminated land, flood risk, ground stability and geological hazards. The data is reviewed and a professional


UKELA 2016

UKELA 2016 is the leading environmental law conference in the sector. This year’s theme is international environmental law – an ever present and sometimes underestimated influence on the development and practice of UK law. The programme – with expert speakers from the UK, Europe, the USA and Asia – will provide the latest updates and […]


The impacts of Winter Storms

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December 2015 was the wettest, warmest December since records began in 1910, with temperatures 4.1oC above the 1981-2010 average (figure 1)1. Following the severe impacts of three successive winter storms, it’s imperative for anyone looking to purchase either residential or commercial property to thoroughly assess flood risk ahead of purchase. Storm Desmond hit at the


Consumer Protection and Environmental Searches

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How Consumer Protection Regulations affect environmental searches Location Intelligence experts Groundsure are committed to assisting solicitors with their training especially in light of the new Law Society Practice Note on Consumer Protection Regulations. The Consumer Protection Regulations apply to any ‘business to consumer’ commercial practice, which in our field would be solicitor / conveyancer to


Can social media really monitor air pollution?

Have you ever opened your front door and breathed in the fresh, clean air? But actually how clean is the air you are breathing right now? According to recent news headlines, not very: “Law firm in new legal threat over UK air pollution”1 “East England towns and cities ‘have illegal NO2 levels’”2 “Defra faces legal


A Hole Lotta Trouble in London

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Another incident involving development works and the London Underground occurred on Monday evening (22nd February 2016) when contractors drilled a hole through the roof of an underground tunnel just outside Shepherd’s Bush station. It is thought that contractors were working on an extension to the Westfield shopping centre. Passengers travelling on the Central Line faced


The Importance of Ordering a Planning Search

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2014 saw over 1,100,000 residential property transaction completions – over 200,000 more than the previous year – and the 7 months up to 31st July of 2015 has seen 399,394 transactions.1 The average UK house price was recorded as £183,861 in July 2015, a 4.6% increase on the previous year. This follows the moderate house