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  • Concrete is trending...
    Marshalls - street furniture
    Romy Rawlings explores concrete in architecture: love it or hate it, concrete is a prevalent part of the built environment and, in fact, its use in projects is currently undergoing a renaissance. For many people, architectural concrete is characterised by the Brutalist architecture movement of the 1960s and 1970s and often, this modernist style epitomises its negative undertones: cold and grey...
    Article, 22 April 2015
  • Planning and designing a deck
    Hoppings Softwood Products
    Planning is probably the most important issue to get right with decking to ensure good results. Select the location of your deck carefully, having regard for privacy and sun, shade or wind. Decks built in highly shaded positions will require more regular maintenance. Consider the nature of exit and entry to the building - make sure you...
    Article, 09 November 2016
  • Sustainable drainage: beyond compliance
    Paul Shaffer co-ordinates CIRIA’s work on urban water management, including flood risk management and sustainable drainage, and is looking at approaches to encourage water-sensitive urban design (WSUD) in the UK. Together with colleagues he’s recently set up – a website supporting the delivery of sustainable drainage. Sustainable...
    Article, 17 January 2013
  • 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
  • Five benefits of using trees in urban design
    Furnitubes International
    Find out the main benefits of including trees in urban design....
    Article, 10 July 2017
  • Timber decking for schools and education facilities
    Marley Eternit
    Timber decking for schools and education facilities Decking specified for schools and playgrounds needs to be aesthetically pleasing, easy to clean and not present a hazard to playing children. Timber decking is a very popular hard landscaping material for outside space at schools and educational facilities....
    Article, 15 August 2017
  • 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
  • "Our Children Need Places to Play"
    UK families are concerned that their children may soon have nowhere to play and urge the government to address the situation urgently. That’s according to early findings of new research [1] by the Association of Play Industries (API), of which Proludic Ltd is a member, which shows over half (56%) of parents are unhappy about the about the lack of...
    Article, 30 November 2015
  • Deck finishing – success comes in the preparation
    Silva Timber
    Nick Taylor, Managing Director of Silva Timber Products and Sjoerd Bos, VP of Sansin, provide advice on how best to finish decking. Whether you are a garden designer looking at a deck for a residential client, or an architect or landscape architect designing a deck for a bar or restaurant, it’s important to keep in mind that decks represent a...
    Article, 02 August 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
  • This Girl Can campaign can help tackle activity levels
    On Friday the 11th December it was announced by England’s chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies that obesity is the biggest threat to women’s health. She said this needs to become a national priority....
    Article, 09 February 2016
  • Why access control for schools is important
    Jacksons Fencing
    Access control is a valuable part of any school’s security strategy, helping you to keep track of who is on the site - and where - at any given time. An effective access control strategy brings a whole host of benefits to your school, including improving health and safety, preventing theft and anti-social behaviour, and keeping students safe. Your...
    Article, 07 February 2017
  • 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
  • Non slip decking for balconies and residential areas
    Marley Eternit
    Non slip decking for balconies and residential areas Specifying decking for residential balconies brings its own set of challenges. For the resident, an aesthetically pleasing outdoor space is the priority. For the specifier, issues such as safety, cleaning, maintenance and sustainability are the focus....
    Article, 15 August 2017
  • How to secure a children’s play area outside
    Jacksons Fencing
    Allowing children the freedom to play outside is essential to their development and there is mounting evidence to promote the health and social benefits of outdoor learning. Creating a dedicated safe play zone will also distract children away from more hazardous play opportunities. There is no point investing time and money in identifying a range...
    Article, 15 September 2016