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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...

El Niño to blame for the extreme UK weather?

Many of us have noticed the unusually wet and warm winter we are currently facing in the UK, but what are the causes of this strange phenomenon? It’s not just the UK that’s facing irregular weather patterns. Severe flooding has been observed in parts of South America, with devastating storms in Northern America and droughts...

Estimated 0.5m properties sold in 2015 without flood risk search

An estimated 0.5m properties transacted in 2015 without a flood risk search. During 2015, approximately 456,000 property transactions in England and Wales did not factor flood risk into their purchase, according to calculations from location intelligence specialists Groundsure*. Flood risk is a major issue in the UK, especially in recent months where vast areas of...

Urban Botany and Vertical Gardens

Nowadays, every human activity involves energy consumption. Consequently, it is becoming increasingly important to consider the short and long term effects of our activities on nature. Today urbanisation is rampant1; nevertheless there are many empty dwellings, and cities are still growing in size. The architectural sector (especially dwellings) is thought to be responsible for up...

The Importance of Coastal Defence for Flood Risk

The importance of choosing an appropriate coastal defence to prevent risk of flooding. Coastal erosion and flooding risk. Ria Formosa, Praia do Faro (Portugal). Coastal system exposed to erosion tends to disappear without the appropriate coastal defence. Picture taken by Cristina Ortega. The coast is a dynamic environment located where land, sea and air meet....

Victorian dust-yards: early recycling

Whilst most people regard recycling as a recent phenomenon, it has been practiced in many forms for centuries. A number of studies have identified large scale recycling systems as arising from the 19th-century Sanitary Movement. [2] However, in London, an often overlooked but very effective and well-organised system appears to date back much earlier to...