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Are Super Basements Creating Greater Flood Risk in London?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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Government Consultation on Potential Impacts as Super Basements Gain Popularity

Super basements have become increasingly popular with wealthy Londoners. The possible uses are endless, but is there a down side to going underground? In Central London's more prestigious residential areas, space is at a premium like nowhere else in the country. The possibilities to extend sideways or upward are extremely limited, so it is of little surprise that so many of London's super rich have decided to extend downwards and construct super basements beneath their homes. But the controversy around these constructions has grown as quickly as the basements themselves. Planning regulations are ambiguous, and the works can take a lot of time to complete, causing noise and disruption to neighbours. In addition to this, there has been increased concern from both residents and local authorities about their potential to increase London's existing flood risk. At a time when developers are being urged to adopt sustainable drainage methods, homeowners are potentially reducing the effectiveness of drainage channels in London.

Super basements

The idea of super basements originated over the Atlantic, despite the fact that as a country, the USA has more space going spare than the UK. Nevertheless, the idea of a “Bond villain” style subterranean lair captured the imagination of many Silicon Valley millionaires in the 1990s. The potential uses for the additional space created are almost endless. Some opt for the practicality of an underground car park, while others choose to add some luxury facilities to their homes. Swimming pools and huge “man caves” and cinemas are popular additions. Here in the UK, the idea quickly

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London Drainage explains how autumn maintenance fends off winter worries

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

London Drainage Facilities (LDF) discusses autumn maintenance tasks that should be carried out before winter sets in. London Drainage is urging residents to clean out their gutters and surface water drains to reduce the risk of flooding this winter. An hour’s worth of remedial maintenance may help to prevent serious problems down the line. Following one of the hottest and longest summers on record, autumn has finally set in, with sub-zero overnight temperatures hitting the south east this week. The result is an unprecedented rate of leaf fall, which is to have a catastrophic impact on many of London’s drains. Leaves take up to two years to decompose, so if they are not physically removed they will turn to mulch that can block gutters and reduce water flow through drains, which can result in an increase of flooding problems during winter. The UK Met Office has also predicted a colder than normal winter, which could bring heavy rainfall, snowfall and further strain our drainage network. “Due to temperature fluctuations and storms, winter can be the most gruelling season of the year for your home or commercial building,” explains Danny Fuller, Director at London Drainage Facilities. “It is very important that maintenance tasks are carried out before the season changes.” For more information on the drainage planning and maintenance services offered by London Drainage, please contact the company directly.

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