Resources

Keep up to date on industry news, our latest blogs and case studies.

  • Filter by category

One of the biggest secrets of World War II

During the Second World War a secret department was formed at Britain’s Air Ministry to co-ordinate a strategy to defeat German bombing by deception. With the help of leading technicians from the film industry, a broad range of day and night decoy sites to mislead enemy bombers were built throughout the island (1). This campaign...

Visualising Chalara Dieback of Ash

You may have seen recently the reports by BBC News and The Guardian on Chalara dieback of ash (Hymenoscyphus Fraxineus). This disease, combined with the arrival of the Emerald borer beetle, could eventually wipe out ash trees in the UK, according to report recently published by the Journal of Ecology1. Why does it matter? Ash...

Building on the flood plain

In a perfect world no one would want to be building within a fluvial flood plain and tidal flood zone… but with such competition for land, it is something that cannot be avoided all the time. Record breaking rainfall has seen flooding sweep across the UK, and yet according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC),...

UK coal power phased out in 10 years?

UK coal power to be phased out within 10 years: what will the future hold? What has been proposed? On the 18th November 2015 the UK government announced their plans to close all coal fired power stations by 2025 and restrict their use by 2023 1. The government’s consultations are due to commence this spring...

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...

The View From Above

At Groundsure we spend a lot of time investigating properties using recent aerial imagery and have been often surprised how different the world looks from above. We’ve gathered some of the most amazing aerial views from around the world for you to enjoy:   Heart Shaped Lake – Near Columbia Station, Ohio, USA   Fields...

Can you put a Price on Nature?

I recently listened to a podcast that posed a very interesting concept – something I’ve never considered but listening to the logic behind it gave me pause for thought. The concept is this – if we are to save nature we must, as a society, put a price on it. My first reaction to this...

Mapping Vs Street Names

Mapping Vs Street Names Where do you live? Unlocking the cartographic clues to the past It is amazing what simple secrets lay beneath the surface of British infrastructure. There are many historical land uses that have been forgotten from living memory. However, if we take time to stand and look at road names, the story...

2016 Women in Architecture Awards

Waiting for the 2016 Women in Architecture Awards: a mention to Alison Brooks, the prestigious 2013 winner. During the last 4 years the construction industry in the UK has been characterised by an increasing attention to the presence and the role of women in the field. This is happening mostly thanks to the resolute efforts...