Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Blue and Blue / Green Roof Attenuation - option or necessity?



Roof-top SuDS 

Increasing urbanisation and climate change have a massive impact of drainage and sewage systems that will worsen rather than go away. That’s why David, Bhav, Deanna and Ben particularly enjoyed and benefited from a recent presentation by Polypipe, eponymous drainage systems specialists.

The subject was green and blue roofs and their crucial part in urban planning and design. “We felt this is very much the direction planners will be pushing future surface water drainage designs” commented Ben. 

Engineers must improve strategies to mitigate flood events as part of a wider SuDS strategy if cities are to survive and perhaps even benefit from water run-off. ‘Source control’ is becoming the most important factor of SuDS strategy – managing rain water at the point it fall. 

Instead of channelling it away quickly into our busy underground drainage infrastructure, rainwater is stored where it falls and released or used with control. 

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                                                      85mm Permavoid being fitted in a Blue Roof project


As there is more roof surface area in congested cities that road space, source control needs to be managed at roof level. Two basic types of SuDS engineering solutions are referred to as Blue and Blue / Green.

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                                                                               Blue Roof


Ben noted that: “We (JMS) recently designed a Blue Roof scheme in Whetstone with a basement car park which took up almost the entire site.  How can we provide the required storage?  Answer - on the roof”.  

Shallow attenuation systems were used to attenuate on the roof where low diameter outlets hold the flows back and releases it at a reduced flow rate back into the underground system.


                                                              Blue / Green Roof



Blue / Green Roof source management captures and stores the water for re-use to irrigate lawns and plants grown at roof level. Polypipe have a patented ‘passive irrigation’ system that creates a more natural environment for sustainable growth.  

The benefits are greater than SuDS management. Extended developments of green roofs affect urban temperature regulations; improve air quality; provide carbon storage; and offer habitat, amenity and recreational facilities.

Ben said: “Already in one situation I have actually been asked to consider roof attenuation during the planning process, indicating that roof/podium storage is becoming a necessity rather than an option wherever possible”.

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 The system is now commonly known as a blue roof and is used most effectively in conjunction with a green roof because it slows flows and attenuation feeds the green. Ben again: “ In one case Polypipe told us of a fruit and veg shop that was looking to grow its own produce on the roof!”

Inspiring – Thank you Ben
 

 


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Monday, 14 May 2018

STEM - Investing in our engineering future


STEM: Today's youth, 
tomorrow's engineers



David Brunning with year 3 pupils at Hillside Primary School

JMS Engineers has long been an advocate of investing in and supporting excellence in its field of Structural and Civil Engineering. 

Our local offices in Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich and Leicester have developed relationships with their respective universities to encourage the next generations of talent. 

By demonstrating and mentoring real opportunities, students see achievable goals to develop their professional aspirations in this ever changing world of engineering.

Desks, guidance and opportunities have been made available to undergraduates for work experience and apprenticeship practice with great and mutual success.

Being a STEM Ambassador
Now David Brunning, part of the Civil Engineering team at JMS’ Head Office, is being actively supported by Daniel Staines in his own ambitions to guide the future of engineering distinction as a STEM Ambassador.

STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from a wide range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related jobs and disciplines across the UK. They offer their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life and demonstrate their valuein life and careers.

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As a STEM Ambassador, David has the opportunity to engage and inspire young people learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He’ll help encourage students to consider further study of STEM subjects, particularly engineering, and guide their progression into related careers.

It’s about inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals” said David. “We can show them just how practical and vocational their studies are now by relating what they’re learning to practical applications in the field. It sounds like a chore, but really the interaction with such enthusiastic young people is a lot of fun.

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It is David’s professional skills and personal objectivity that facilitated his move to JMS earlier this year. An Eng Tech MICE, David’s heart and soul already drive the professional qualities embedded in JMS, centrally at Brightwell Barns and nationally (internationally) across its regional offices.

STEM Ambassadors have been referred to as “...a UK national treasure” helping to bring STEM subjects to life by adding context and cutting edge applications to theory.

To help introduce learning in the context of Civil Engineering, the ICE have produced this video:

 
The interaction between David, school teachers and school students helps the teachers understand how, for example, mathematics is applied in Civil Engineering projects so they can put a practical slant into their teaching plans. 

It's a win win opportunity
And the advantages of shared experiences work both ways. evidence shows that being a STEM Ambassador provides volunteers with a better understanding of education, increases their professionalism, confidence, enthusiasm and motivation while improving their organisational, communication, team-working and leadership skills.

The impact on young people, prospective employers, teachers, STEM Ambassadors and their employers has been enormous across the board. It has been recorded that young people are greatly influenced by Ambassadors like David, increasingly pursuing STEM study post-16 and progressing into STEM-related careers.


A survey across a wide range of educational participants in the STEM process showed a 90% increase in young people’s engagement in STEM. Their awareness of the scheme’s importance increased by 89%. Their general learning and understanding of the values of subjects within the genres of science, technology, engineering and mathematics is already bearing fruit – as the diagram below illustrates:

"Giving back to build tomorrow’s professional engineers is as good as it gets" – good luck David and well done JMS for encouraging learning and professionalism.




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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Engineering health and hope for Coventry



Coventry & Warwickshire MIND 

This is the new state of the art recovery centre which the charity say "...is set to change the future of mental health care in Coventry".

JMS's role was to co-ordinate a design that could incorporate modern offsite construction methods.  Such methods afford massive opportunities for design and build. Elements of the structure are fabricated off site, delivered in modules and constructed quickly on site.

The superstructure was formed in Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) whilst the foundations were sited on precast piles and ground beams. With  the adoption of offsite construction, time was saved on site.

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St Clair Gardens will provide up to 14 residents with cutting edge facilities to aid and support their mental and emotional wellbeing closer to home.

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Forum Health Centre

https://jmsengineers.co.uk/The £2.4 million redevelopment of a Coventry health centre has become a focal part of Coventry's Wyken area.

The main challenge for JMS was to design the new structure re-using the existing foundations and, as far as practicably possible, the below drainage goods in order to save time and money during construction.

The dramatic front feature of bold cladding and overhangs were formed from cantilevered steel beams to which the features were hung, with the overall feature shortlisted for RIBA West Midlands Awards.

Since opening, the centre has since become the first practise in Coventry & Rugby to be rated 'outstanding' by the CQC.


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Monday, 12 February 2018

Engineering East Midlands from Leicester


https://jmsengineers.co.uk/National skills with regional knowledge

Leicester is not new to JMS but our offices on Oxford Street are.

With over twenty years providing our services for the Midlands solely from our Nuneaton office, the addition of JMS Leicester brings welcome support, with Peter Stokoe leading the new team from The Innovation Centre, Oxford Street.

Peter (pictured below, second from the left, visiting the Nuneaton team) has lived in Leicester for over twenty years.

Socially, Peter is a keen follower of the Leicester Tigers. Professionally, his major project experience nationally, brings an enviable quality to our skillfull Midlands strength.

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Understanding 
local issues

Seeing, hearing, networking and understanding local issues are vital parts of our service, which is why JMS put our feet firmly on the ground in those parts of the country we identify to have maximum development potential.

By managing development projects regionally, supported by technical skills networked nationally, Leicester draws on group design expertise across nine offices in the UK and Europe.


This delivers the power of a major resource through the knowing eyes and ears of a highly efficient, professional service, locally.

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Local Experience

From the roof of our new home at The Innovation Centre (above) you could throw half a dozen (imaginary) stones which would land within a pace or two of a previous JMS project.

These are just a few representative examples of JMS creative solutions for Leicester.

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Student Accommodation on Oxford Street

Just one of a number of developments requiring Structural Engineering solutions from JMS (above left).

https://jmsengineers.co.uk/This was a 8 storey building offers 251 one and two bedroom apartments as accommodation, which are specified to one of the highest standards for students of Leicester’s De Montfort University.

Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI)

At the Leicester Royal Infirmary, JMS has been responsible for a dozen highly technical structural projects including the design of the structural works for a new CT Scanner and the 'shoe-horning' of a 56 Ward high tech building into the available footprint between existing wards of the Windsor, Sandringham, Osbourne and Robert Kilpatrick buildings.

The building (above right and right) consists of 80 units which make up the mainly 2 storey block, which rises up to three storeys to link into the existing skywalk.

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https://jmsengineers.co.uk/TGW, Market Harborough

TGW’s new office (above left and right) and development facility needed a fresh open feel with minimal internal columns. The cladding was clean and crisp creating a stylish fa├žade.

One particular technical challenge was to incorporate a dynamic crane in the building’s front glass display case with a 15m clear span to fit the curtain-walling.


Trout Ponds Farm, Sheepy Magna

This was a new development of 24 dwellings (left) offering a mixture of affordable housing, bungalows and 4 bedroom detached properties in the desirable village of Sheepy Magna.

JMS provided full Engineering services including Foundation, Superstructure, Road and Drainage design, including Section 278 Works to form the vehicular access.

The access road was designed as a tanked permeable paving SuDS system to retain the first 5mm of rainfall on site. It would reduce the rate of runoff from the development into the downstream sewerage system to acceptable Greenfield runoff rates. The permeable paving also provides a level of treatment to pollutants prior to discharge into the sewerage system.


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