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  • Gates for playgrounds and play areas
    Jacksons Fencing
    Things to consider when choosing a playground gate. Access for emergency services is essential. An ambulance should be able to drive right up to the play area in all weather conditions with enough room for a trolley bed to fit through comfortably. A play area gate should be a minimum of 1m wide to ensure that wheelchair users are able to safely enter and...
    Article, 12 September 2017
  • Why Our Forests Matter
    WoodBlocX
    In the UK we sometimes take our forests, woodland and green space for granted, but you may be surprised to learn that the UK is one of the least wooded areas in Europe. Only 13% of our landmass is woodland, which is far less than the European average of 37%. So why is this important and why do we need our forests or woodland? Most of us are aware...
    Article, 02 August 2016
  • Watered-down SuDS regs need shoring up with common sense
    Hydro International
    Alex Stephenson, Director of Hydro International, addresses how policy and practice on surface water management has evolved three years on from a bout of devastating flooding in 2012. Are we any better prepared for surface water flooding if the worst happens?...
    Article, 31 October 2016
  • Creating a safe and secure school environment
    Jacksons Fencing
    There is no single blueprint for the perfect school and each learning facility will have its own unique set of strengths and weaknesses. However, every school has a clear and direct responsibility to provide a safe and secure environment for its pupils and staff...
    Article, 12 September 2017
  • Paving the way to shareable, more pedestrianised cities
    Marshalls - street furniture
    Sometime in urban history the status quo ante for streets and public spaces was replaced by the idea of segregating pedestrians and vehicles, with cars squeezing pedestrians off the streets, making it impossible to walk and causing a loss of vitality in public spaces. Now, as pedestrian needs are being better acknowledged, more consideration is...
    Article, 22 April 2015
  • The principles of successful urban tree pit design
    GreenBlue Urban Ltd
    The benefits that populations of healthy urban trees can create are significant, yet the environmental conditions found in urban spaces can often be a barrier to their successful establishment and long term survival. In order to provide urban trees with the best opportunity to survive and thrive it is essential to consider the conditions of soil...
    Article, 12 May 2017
  • Top tips for laying turf in hot weather
    Harrowden Turf
    A beautifully manicured and verdant lawn is quintessentially British and should feature in every garden from a country Manor house to an urban abode. The environmental benefits and the sense of wellbeing generated by a velvety grass carpet far outweigh the effort involved in creating and caring for a lawn. When to lay turf Creating that perfect...
    Article, 04 November 2015
  • Materials for wayfinding and signage systems
    Marshalls - street furniture
    Jon Scott examines material choices for signage in public areas. Arguably more than for any other piece of street furniture, the selection of materials for a signage product is vitally important. Primarily, every material must be carefully selected to ensure a long service life of the sign, and particularly that the graphic elements remain crisp and legible...
    Article, 26 October 2015
  • How to prevent unauthorised access: automatic control
    AUTOPA Limited
    Automatic access control systems can be used to regulate vehicles entering sites, as well as managing the flow of traffic once on site. If you are looking to install an automatic system on your next project, then read on to find out about all the different types of system available....
    Article, 09 November 2017
  • Calculating target soil volumes
    GreenBlue Urban Ltd
    Probably the most critical factor in tree health and longevity is the provision of enough quality soil for the tree roots. When planning trees into urban projects, it is crucial that the target soil volume is established in the early design stages. This will maximise return on your green investments and ensure they grow quickly into large healthy...
    Article, 17 May 2016
  • Creating the perfect sports pitch
    Zaun
    To the untrained eye, a fence is just a fence. But when it comes to enclosing sports areas, it can keep balls in play, reduce maintenance, provide safety and security, deter vandalism and graffiti and even be an integral part of the field of play. Mo Ali, Zaun’s sports systems expert explains below. I’m on a mission to better inform specifiers and...
    Article, 22 June 2015
  • Demistifying Concrete - Part 2
    Marshalls - street furniture
    In recent years, concrete has come under some very close scrutiny in terms of its environmental credentials. Concrete production actually has a low environmental impact, but it is currently manufactured in such enormous quantities that its overall footprint is very high, and world cement production is said to contribute 5-7% of annual man-made CO2...
    Article, 22 April 2015
  • Safety considerations for sports ground powered gates
    Procter Contracts
    Powered gates offer a number of advantages for sports grounds, but it is essential that they are correctly designed, manufactured, installed and maintained if they are to be safe in use. This article highlights the top five safety considerations. Sports grounds typically require large gates for access by vehicles, groundcare machinery and crowds...
    Article, 11 September 2017
  • Demystifying Concrete - Part A
    Marshalls - street furniture
    The purely technical At its most basic, concrete is a simple mix of cement, water and aggregate (sand / stone). When mixed together, the cement and water form a paste that adheres to the surface of every aggregate particle. Through a chemical reaction known as hydration, the cement binder hardens and strengthens to form a network of bonds that...
    Article, 06 July 2016
  • What role do SUDS play in green infrastructure?
    Marshalls - street furniture
    Romy Rawlings examines the role that sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDs) play in green infrastructure. With over 5.2 million properties in England at risk of flooding, SUDs should be a part of an integrated strategy when considering how our landscape is designed and managed....
    Article, 22 April 2015