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  • What is BSI PAS 68 and why choose It?
    Jacksons Fencing
    PAS 68 is the Publicly Available Specification for vehicle security barriers. It was originally created in 2005 by the British Standards Institute (BSI), which is appointed by the UK government as the National Standards Body...
  • Getting to Grips With Highway Pollution
    SDS
    Pollution from urban highways, trunk roads and motorways poses significant risks to the environment from toxic metals and hydrocarbons that are carried in surface water runoff. The risks are well-documented and the...
  • 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...
  • Perimeter security: what you need to consider
    Jacksons Fencing
    According to the latest Commercial Victimisation Survey, business premises in all sectors experienced some form of crime in the last 12 months. Coupled with the current global security situation, risk and security managers...
  • New Ways of Thinking Make the Future Bright for SuDS
    SDS
    Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are widely acknowledged to be the most environmentally-acceptable way to manage flood risk and prevent water pollution. Yet, despite their clear multiple benefits, the prevailing...
  • Is your play equipment safe?
    Sovereign Design Play Systems
    With summer here, more children will be visiting their local parks and outdoor play areas, so now is the time to inspect your play equipment. Regular maintenance inspections are essential in ensuring that play equipment...
  • Fundraising for new play area projects
    Sovereign Design Play Systems
    Put the Fun in Fundraising by getting staff, pupils and parents involved and organise an event which can not only raise necessary funds for a new project but help bring communities together. Fundraising is a fantastic way to...
  • Pedestrian guardrail – what is BS 7818:1995?
    Alpha Rail
    When answering the question “Pedestrian guardrail – what is BS 7818:1995?” a useful starting point is to understand what is meant by a British Standard. The British Standards Institute (BSI) is appointed by the UK Government...
  • Specifying planters for super-prime residential
    IOTA
    Planting schemes for super-prime residential developments have particular design and specification challenges. This article explores factors to consider and gives tips on material specifications to ensure quality and keep...
  • Music therapy for children with special needs
    Percussion Play
    Outdoor musical instruments in the playground provide a non-threatening and fun outlet for creative and emotional expression and through the medium of music many essential life skills can be learned. Music can have a...
  • Why do schools need acoustic fencing?
    Jacksons Fencing
    At any school, there will be times during the day when the student population will be outdoors, whether this is before and after lessons, at lunchtime, or during PE. But with many schools located in populated areas, it’s...
  • How exercise can benefit the mental health of children
    Sovereign Design Play Systems
    It is no secret that exercise helps to keep our bodies healthy, and while we all know the benefits that an active lifestyle can have on our children’s physical health, we can also use exercise to improve their mental...
  • Tree anchors: design guidelines and considerations
    Platipus Anchors Ltd
    The following guidelines take you through the most important considerations you need to make when designing a scheme involving tree anchoring. Tree sizes Is there accurate information regarding the overall height and...
  • Sheffield cycle stand or cycle rack - which suits best?
    AUTOPA
    The highly popular Sheffield cycle stand is the primary choice for councils and local authorities all across the UK. It can be used individually, or as part of a cycle rack, but which one is right for your site? The main...
  • Sustainable drainage: beyond compliance
    CIRIA
    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...