Sinkholes

Sinkholes

The process of buying a property has a plethora of considerations resting on the decision to buy or not – Contaminated Land, flooding, radon, planning applications in the area, local energy infrastructure and ground stability should all be factored in.  Planning applications such as extensions can easily be scuppered by issues relating to ground stability,

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Forgotten stations and long lost stops

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Have you ever come across a sign saying Station Road but there is no railway station to be seen? Perhaps an old brick bridge in an empty field, or even a platform in the middle of a forest? I have often wondered at theses peculiarities, especially as they provide a tantalising glimpse into a Victorian

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Bringing Brownfield Sites Back To Use – Olympic Parks

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The Olympic Games bringing out the best of not only athletes but also developers. This is the second instalment in a series of blog posts which will present examples of the implementation of different remediation technologies for the clean-up and redevelopment of contaminated sites. Recent Groundsure blogs on remediation of contaminated land have looked at

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The Ground Moves Beneath Our Feet

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For any homeowner, there is no worse nightmare than their new property collapsing, having been unaware of subsidence potential or underground ground cavities in the area. If you’re looking to purchase a house, it’s vital to understand the impact ground movement can have and the best ways to avoid common pitfalls. Natural ground subsidence is

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Happy 50th Birthday Milton Keynes!

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Milton Keynes is 50 years old today. Take a look at what it looked in like 1958, 9 years before Milton Keynes was designated, and what it looked like in 1991, showing extensive development of the area. Milton Keynes, 1958 Milton Keynes, 1991

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Working with water – amphibious houses

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In recent years the UK has suffered from a plethora of severe flood events, in areas such as Cumbria, Yorkshire and Somerset1. Unprecedented rainfall and river levels have led to widespread flooding, resulting in large-scale disruption to communities, loss of basic services and long and costly recovery processes1. The recently published National Flood Resilience Review

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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

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Britain ditches the old bag

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Because of the accessibility and convenience of plastic bags they have always been heavily used over the past few years. In 2014 major supermarkets across England gave their customers over 7.6 billion single-use plastic bags. That’s around 140 bags per person, amounting to a total of around 61,000 tonnes. These figures showed that the number

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Fictitious entries – what’s the truth?

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If you are in the business of conveying factual information – the production of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and maps – protecting your work from theft, or copyrighting your work, is difficult. The purpose of copyrighting is twofold; it is designed to a) ensure people are recognised for the work they produce and b) ensure that a

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