How Environmental Engineering is Important in Construction North Wales and Beyond

Adapting a building to the environment of which it is intended for is a question for the ages, and one that construction companies North Wales and around the world have faced for a while. One only needs to look at history in order to see just how the environment is taken into consideration in builds, for the sake of providing sources of clean water, disposing of waste, preventing soil contamination as well as lessening air pollution associated with a build.

Construction companies in North Wales and beyond take into consideration the principles of environmental engineering in order to do all this as well as protect human populations from environmental hazards. In addition, environmental engineering involves many disciplines. Mechanical, electrical, aeronautical, civil, energy, microbiology and chemical engineering are large parts of the environmental engineering process.

In order to see the application of environmental engineering, one only has to look at the North Wales area. Historically, the North Wales area is a rather difficult one to work with, and while it offers exceptional beauty, the North Wales area is a mixture of swampland, sand dunes, and of course hills and mountainous regions which are problematic to build upon.

This was apparent in Brenig Construction North Wales’ current development of Berth y Glyd in Llysfaen (an elevated area) has shown the hallmarks of all of the issues which have typically plagued development in North Wales.

Natural Impedances

The site itself is on a hill, and full consultations, as well as dealing with the topological issues within Berth y Glyd have been necessary for this project. For instance, level access to the properties was imperative, despite the fact that the Northernmost point of the site and the Southernmost part varies by 30 metres.

Full ground investigation surveys were imperative in order to determine the structural and chemical composition of the soil. This survey managed to highlight a number of drainage issues due to the ground itself not being porous. The site was furthermore determined to be mostly comprised of rock from the surface – which of course caused significant issues while carrying out a reduced level excavation.

Brenig Construction were able to address this concern with carrying out excavations using a 30ft 360 degree tracked excavator in order to reduce risk associated with excavating rock so close to the surface.

Man-Made Impedances

A large concern with Berth y Glyd was the fact that the utilisation of mechanical breakers to excavate the rock mentioned above. Due to the close proximity of neighbouring residential buildings, noise disturbance was something which was unavoidable. Brenig Construction managed to circumvent this by holding a number of public consultations, as well as survey all of the properties in order to ensure that their works would cause no damage to these.

Another concern in the Berth y Glyd project was that the existing high-pressure water main which ran across the entirety of the site adjacent to Berth y Glyd stood a chance of becoming ruptured during the works. Because of this, it was determined that the application of a 3m easement to either side of the main, as well as amending the existing plans in order to ensure none of the properties encroached upon what was already there.