SuDS attenuation systems and resistance to fire

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In April this year, Water UK published its latest sewers adoption Design & Construction Guide (DCG), introducing for the first-time new requirements for the adoption of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), including attenuation tanks. In this blog, we briefly explore the main implications in terms of open areas and surface-level car park fires and how different… Read more »

EU Parliament bans high Pb in recycled PVC

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European Parliament decision to ban high lead (Pb) content in recycled uPVC may have implications on the UK’s stormwater and drainage sectors On the 12 th February, the European Parliament voted down a proposal by the European Commission that would have allowed post-consumer un-plasticised polyvinyl chloride (uPVC) waste with 2% lead (Pb) content (20 times… Read more »

New jetting standard will ease pressure on sewers

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Jetting is a critical part of operations to clear sewer blockages but care must be taken to avoid damage from high pressure hoses. With a change in British Standards BS 5911 expected to introduce mandatory tests to concrete pipes, the sector must adapt to this new reality With an increasing number of sewer blockages caused… Read more »

Concrete pipes shine with whole-life carbon analysis

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As the construction industry embraces whole-life models for carbon consumption in projects and products, a forthcoming BPDA study should demonstrate a huge benefit in concrete pipe selection, says Matthew Butcher, sustainability & product association executive, British Precast. The UK government’s push for net zero carbon by 2050 will see the developers of infrastructure projects paying… Read more »

Buried pipeline design standard brought up-to-date

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The revised standard for structural design of buried pipelines will soon bring methods into line with contemporary design practice. Marshalls CPM’s director of technical & engineering, Mark Flavell, who represented BPDA on the drafting committee, explains the importance of this update. At the end of November 2019 a revised version of British Standard BS 9295:2010… Read more »

Concern Over Uncertified Drainage Products

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British Precast, the federation trade body which includes BPDA and a number of other precast concrete product associations, issued a Press Release on Monday 2nd September about precast drainage products placed in the UK market without any visible proof of conformity to relevant provisions of British standards or sufficient Declaration of Performance as required by… Read more »

Guide makes easy work of precast manholes

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Advances in production techniques for precast manholes offer multiple advantages for the construction sector. Innovations championed by BPDA members mean manhole installation can be completed in about an hour, with a much higher success rate when compared with traditional techniques. Precast manhole systems are easier to install, but they also improve onsite safety and raise… Read more »

Swedish pipes last more than a lifetime

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A report into Sweden’s water and wastewater networks anticipates a long-life for the next generation of pipes. The authors of Sustainable water and wastewater pipe systems of the future, which has been published by the Swedish Water & Wastewater Association (SWWA), argue that the networks currently being installed should have an operational life of at… Read more »