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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...

Groundsure launches new look reports

We have been busy updating the aesthetics on our reports. So far our Flood, Planning, and Homescreen reports have been launched and our flagship residential environmental search report – Homebuyers – will be live from the 1st May. The new-look Homebuyers will detail specific types of energy installations (both potential and planned) within the vicinity...

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...

Gatwick Gusher

It was recently reported that the “Gatwick Gusher” has made significant progress in advancing the UK’s oil and gas production with oil flowing freely to the surface under its own pressure. The well, located near Horse Hill, Gatwick, South East England which is operated by UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) could be one of the...

A Hole Lotta Trouble in London

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...

Conveyancing Awards are now open for entries

Great News!! The Law Firm Services (LFS) Conveyancing Awards are now open for entries. This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to be recognised across the industry and with potential clients. This annual conference is the highlight of the conveyancing calendar, now in its 5th year, 2016’s event promises to be bigger and better than...