Business Briefs: flood defence, landfill, wastewater treatment, construction

In this week’s Business Briefs, a new flood control system, the first landfill conditioning plan in England and Wales, £1.7 million of investment in wastewater treatment in Yorkshire, and sustainable construction advice.


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On 14 May at the Swansea Enterprise Zone, Riverside Water Technology launched a new flood defence scheme. The new ‘Aquadam’ uses water-filled tubes to hold back floodwater.

In the world of landfill, the Environment Agency has announced that it has received its first landfill conditioning plan – a statutory requirement under the European Landfill Directive. The plan was completed by Chris Ballam, of the Land and Development Practice in Wetherby, on behalf of the operators of a landfill site at Wind Ridge Stone Quarry, near Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.

Waste management, in the form of wastewater treatment, received a further boost this week, with £1.7 million earmarked by Yorkshire Water for the upgrade of wastewater treatment works for the villages of Beeford and North Frodingham. The work will start at the end of the month and is expected to take around 10 months to complete.

Finally, construction research association, CIRIA, has published a new guide into sustainable construction procurement, designed to improve the environmental and sustainability performance of construction projects. The guide summarises the experience of organisations that have dealt with environmental and sustainability issues in construction.

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