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Install of environmentally friendly foul drainage solution for Birmingham University

We’ve been installing sewage treatment solutions for almost 30 years and can install them in even the trickiest of conditions. But last year we were given an installation challenge unlike any other… The challenge Birmingham University were undertaking a project to facilitate a 10 year carbon dioxide enrichment experiment at the prestigious BIFOR experiment research facility at Mill Haft Woods. This was to demonstrate [...]

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Top 5 reasons to harvest rainwater

This year has been one of mildest winters on record. It’s also been one of the driest with the UK receiving 76% of its average seasonal rainfall*. But now is the perfect time to harvest rainwater ready for the summer ahead. Here’s just a few reasons why you should start collecting rainwater:  It’s free You’ve heard the expression “money doesn’t grow on trees” [...]

Why is land drainage so important to UK farmers?

The importance of land drainage to the UK farming sector has never been so high. With commodity prices remaining low and the added uncertainty around what Brexit could bring, the focus now needs to be on controlling input costs and maximising yield and quality. Good land drainage facilitates all three:Reducing input costs Maximising yields Maximising qualityIt all starts from the soil up If [...]

New homes will impact demand for stormwater attenuation systems

Flood management and the control of stormwater is becoming an increasing issue for builders and developers as the construction sector continues to boom with new supermarkets, large industrial buildings and housing estates being built. The UK Government also recently set a target of a million new homes across the UK by 2020 and with a rush to build these homes [...]

Is your septic tank affected by the latest regulations?

Did you know that you may need to replace or upgrade your septic tank? New regulations recently came into force that could affect you. How do the regulations affect you? These regulations state that if you have a septic tank that discharges directly to a surface water, such as a river or a stream, you will need to replace or upgrade [...]

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Completion of the external works for an industrial steel building

We’ve been helping to construct industrial steel buildings for almost 30 years. Here’s an example of a recent project we undertook to complete the externals of one based in Warwickshire. About the business:  Kajul Ltd is an engineering company that manufactures motor industry components to very high specification for premium manufacturers. The challenge:They had recently moved premises to Blue Lias Industrial Estate in Southam, Warwickshire [...]

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Flooding impacts the demand for land drainage

The recent scenes of flooding caused by Storm Angus gave us a stark reminder of last winter’s terrible floods. With such extreme wet weather now becoming such a regular occurrence, those involved in grounds care, sports, amenities, estates and green space management are claiming it is becoming an increasingly important issue for them. A survey we recently undertook at SALTEX revealed [...]

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Low commodity prices impact demand for land drainage

Low commodity prices are having an impact on the demand for land drainage. With commodity prices at an all time low, some farms have this year chosen to rest their land and instead invest in land drainage to maximise crop yields once prices return.   Our MD, Andrew Cotterill, commented: “This year we’ve seen a number of farms hold off on planting [...]

Demand for land drainage systems at its highest in 20 years

Soil management is becoming an increasingly important issue for UK farmers. In fact, we believe the demand for land drainage is at its highest level since the end of the 1990s. This heightened demand is being driven by two key factors:a surge in old clay piping systems reaching the end of their lifespan and; an increase in more extreme wet weather.The [...]

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How a livestock farm saved money with rainwater harvesting

It’s a common myth that you can’t use water harvested from the rain for livestock drinking. With the right filters in place you can make this water safe to drink. Here’s how we helped a livestock farm save money and meet environmental initiatives with our Gravistore system. Name: Birch Hall Farm, Shropshire Type: Dairy Farm Size: 350 acres   Challenge The owner of Birch Hall Farm, [...]