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In readiness for the Governments’ decision on tackling the issues of a homes future surface water run-off, leading UK hard landscaping manufacturing company Marshalls plc has been training its Marshalls Register of Approved Landscape Contractors & Driveways Installer Members on the installation of its innovative portfolio of permeable paving solutions.
The training which has been running throughout the UK comprises the reasons why Sustainable Urban Drainage solutions (SUDs) are so important; the thinking behind them; introduction to Marshalls’ portfolio of permeable paving and practical hands on installation sessions. A key area of the training is also the technical aspects of the installation centred round a site permeability soil test and the specified aggregates to be used.
Sean Myall, Marshalls Register Training Manager, who is leading the sessions said:
“We are now entering in to our eighth month in offering this training to our Membership. To date we have had over 130 Marshalls Register Installer businesses attend and pass the course, and as the deadline to the Government’s Future Water strategy nears, expected later this year, more and more requests are coming in everyday to attend.”
The rise in the interest in permeable paving was heightened in February with the publication of DEFRA’s Future Water – The Government’s Future Water Strategy for England. One of the key areas highlighted was the management of surface water run off due to its increasingly recognised contribution to flooding, stating that:
The Environment Agency estimated that up to two thirds of the floods in 2007 were caused by significant amounts of surface water overwhelming the drainage systems.
The most significant recommendation for domestic paving and the homeowner is the proposed new legislation requiring planning permission for the paving of front gardens of existing – as well as new – homes, unless permeable systems are used.
However, it would appear at present that theses consultations only relate to extending paved areas and that existing hard standing areas can have new or different surfacing without incurring a requirement to obtain planning permission. Depending on the works and the requirement to drain the area Building Regulation approval may still be required.
The Marshalls Permeable Paving Training course is part of a sustained training programme offered by Marshalls to its Register Membership on a host of hard landscaping skills and is free of charge.
Marshalls Register of Approved Landscape Contractors & Driveways Installers is a national network of recommended professionals. Although they are not employed by Marshalls, they abide by a strict Code of Installation Practice and are all vetted by a team of nationwide Marshalls assessors. In this way Marshalls ensures that a domestic hard landscaping installation is completed to the highest standards.