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  • Lighting scheme design - a beginner's guide
    Marshalls - street furniture
    Guy Harding first explains the fundamentals of lighting measurement and standards and then takes a look at the tools we use to design a lighting scheme to meet the required standards. Illuminance v luminance Lighting Scheme TLThe amount of light required for an exterior lighting scheme is calculated in one of two ways: illuminance or luminace...
    Article, 26 October 2015
  • Choosing the right deck boards for your job
    Marley Eternit
    The popularity of deck boards for use in outside spaces is growing, and traditional grooved decking is still the most commonly used type. Contrary to popular belief, grooved board can be more hazardous than smooth when wet, especially when walking parallel to the grooves. Grooves (or castellations) are not always effective for water drainage ...
    Article, 13 January 2017
  • A guide to commercial container planting
    IOTA
    This guide to container planting outlines, in a 10-step process, all essential requirements for a successful commercial planter installation. 1. Fill the bottom of the planters with an appropriate drainage layer. Prior to this step, if desired, the planters can be lined at the base with geotextile membrane, which will help to clean any water...
    Article, 14 October 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cycle stand installation and location advice
    Alpha Rail
    The location of where a cycle stand or other style of bike rack is installed is just as important as how safe and useful it is. The better the location, the more use the bike rack will encourage. Bicycle stands should be installed in an area that is highly visible to the public. By avoiding isolated areas and hidden spaces, cyclists will feel safe...
    Article, 18 September 2014
  • How to Grow Wild Flowers
    Harrowden Turf
    You’d think, wouldn’t you, that wildflowers would be easy to grow. After all, they’ve been enhancing our green and pleasant land for centuries with very little human intervention. In fact, they can be devilishly difficult to establish. Here’s why they’re tricky and how you can overcome the challenge....
    Article, 12 February 2018
  • Specifying non-slip decking
    Marley Eternit
    Specifying non-slip decking for hotels, restaurants, pubs and smoking areas When specifying decking areas for hotels, restaurants, pubs and smoking areas, consideration must be given to aesthetics, maintenance and safety. Designing deck spaces for these areas using smooth decking benefits from easy to clean boards and a fine non-slip aggregate...
    Article, 15 August 2017
  • Procter Contracts is a Secured by Design fence installer
    Procter Contracts
    Procter Contracts now offers an expanded range of fencing and gates that are accredited under the Secured by Design scheme. Furthermore, as an accredited Secured by Design Installer, Procter Contracts can also source and install other SBD products specified by a client....
    Article, 17 October 2017
  • 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
  • A guide to the benefits of urban trees
    GreenBlue Urban Ltd
    Over the last decade, the activities of numerous charities and public sector organisations (eg Trees for Cities, The Forestry Commission and Natural England) have helped to put the creation of sustainable urban forests firmly on the agenda for politicians, policy makers, planners and landscape design professionals. Throughout this period, ongoing...
    Article, 03 August 2016
  • Specifying non-slip decking for roof gardens
    Marley Eternit
    Specifying non-slip decking for roof gardens Specifying decking for roof gardens usually means there will be several competing requirements, including space restraints, slip risk, accessibility, aesthetics, maintenance and performance....
    Article, 15 August 2017
  • It’s time we went wild
    Harrowden Turf
    The UK population is rising fast, and with a finite amount of land to be used for housing, infrastructure and food production, the pressure is on for our native flora and fauna. Landscape architects, parks and gardens managers and gardeners can all help. This article explains how. Biodiversity statistics are worrying The disappearance of our...
    Article, 07 March 2017
  • Fibre reinforced cement seating - the production process
    IOTA
    IOTA's Boulevard range of planters and street furniture is manufactured in Switzerland from a proprietary, patent-protected form of fibre-reinforced cement (FRC). FRC is a consolidated blend of cement, limestone, water, cellulose fibres, polyvinyl polymers and other inclusions; and the resulting composite is frostproof, UV-stable and highly impact...
    Article, 25 January 2014