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  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • What role do SUDS play in green infrastructure?
    Marshalls
    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...
  • Choosing the right deck boards for your job
    Marley
    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,...
  • Caring for new turf
    Harrowden Turf
    Turf can be laid anytime of the year - when it’s cold, when it’s wet and when it’s dry. If you lay the turf as soon as it is delivered on your doorstep, you will rarely have a problem. But the longer you leave it rolled up,...
  • 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...
  • Sheffield cycle stand or cycle rack - which suits best?
    AUTOPA Limited
    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...
  • 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...
  • Providing outdoor musical activities for the elderly
    Percussion Play
    Being outside is necessary for well-being and enjoyment of life itself and a number of care and nursing homes are seeing the benefits of creating dementia friendly sensory gardens for residents and visitors to enjoy,...
  • 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...
  • The Corten Steel Weathering Process
    Round Wood of Mayfield
    When you first receive your Corten Steel products they will arrive in an un-weathered or partly weathered condition. Once placed outside the weathering process will begin. Each stage is explained in more detail below, to...
  • Specifying non-slip decking for roof gardens
    Marley
    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...