Several longer-term, wider issues considered important for some time – but left on the back-burner – are now re-surfacing, with the pandemic acting as a catalyst accelerating action. In particular, there is a new drive for walking and cycling to reduce obesity, and also address pollution and climate change resulting from car travel. The focus…

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Expanded and updated 26th June 2020 Announced in May, the government’s post-pandemic investment package for cycling and walking provides a unique opportunity to transform the streets and public spaces of our towns and cities. Established and innovative new techniques – using modular concrete paving systems – offer adaptable, low-intervention, retrofit solutions to these new challenges,…

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A recent GLA report highlights the damage caused by vehicle pollution in road and surface water drainage to our rivers and streams. Concrete block permeable paving offers the obvious starting point to address this growing problem.  Pollution is present and can build up on all hard surfaces used by vehicles (including electric), from motorways to…

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Permitted Paving & Paving for Rain

2019 – another year of flooding around the UK – provided a timely reminder of the importance of sustainable drainage (SuDS).  Although a requirement for most new developments, other planning measures encouraging SuDS also apply to paving around existing properties. They are explained in brand new editions of Interpave’s ‘Permitted Paving’ and ‘Paving for Rain’…

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Interpave’s new guidance document, ‘Detailing Permeable Paving & SuDS with Precast Concrete Products’, is now available to download here. This document brings together a variety of construction details, demonstrating best practice to make SuDS robust and durable over the long-term. Precast concrete paving products from Interpave manufacturer members play important roles in ‘Sustainable Drainage Systems’…

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Interpave has published a new case study exploring the transformative power of straightforward interventions to the paved environment – designed with full community involvement – offering lessons for new development design as well as regeneration. The case study considers a joint initiative between Haringey Council and the charity Sustrans (as part of the charity’s ‘DIY…

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New legal requirements for Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) on developments across Wales apply from 7th January, heralding wider use of concrete block permeable paving. At the same time, Interpave has published the new Edition 7 of its definitive guidance to this essential SuDS technique – ‘Design and Construction of Concrete Block Permeable Pavements’ – now…

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Recent innovations using flow controls with concrete block permeable paving help meet regulatory requirements for sustainable drainage systems (SuDS).   SuDS and techniques such as concrete block permeable paving are essential tools in the fight against flooding and pollution. By its very nature, concrete block permeable paving is uniquely placed to help meet the multifunctional…

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Shortlisted for the 2016 Stirling Prize, Trafalgar Place near London’s Elephant and Castle provides an exemplar for high density development and the exceptional public realm that helps define the project, featured in an important new case study from the trade body Interpave. The carefully designed external spaces which help define the project are a result…

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Recent innovations with concrete block permeable paving help meet regulatory requirements while reducing costs and land-take. By its very nature, concrete block permeable paving is uniquely placed to help meet the requirements for SuDS on new developments set out in national planning policy now being applied. But it also provides a new opportunity to meet…

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