Are Drain Surveys Essential for Urban Regeneration?
The UK’s urban population is expanding, which means more pressure on housing. Local authorities, planners and developers are having to find new spaces for housing development. These can include former industrial and commercial sites.
Guided by economic and political strategies, urban regeneration picked up momentum in the 1980s and is continuing now, in various forms and locations
However, developers also have to consider the impact of regeneration schemes on existing residents, and on the local infrastructure.
One of the key elements of infrastructure is drainage, and drain surveys play an important role in preparing for regeneration.
Drain Surveys for Regeneration
Whether regeneration involves conversion of industrial sites, or refurbishment of existing domestic properties, it requires a thorough knowledge of the site to be developed.
Drainage networks often expand and are subject to adaptation over time. This often means that existing plans are incomplete or insufficient.
Any building work involving, or over, existing drainage infrastructure must account for the condition of the drains and sewers.
Firstly, because regeneration is likely to place new demands on drainage, and it may well be that existing networks are not adequate for the task, or even fit for purpose.
Secondly, building over drainage and sewage pipes is can cause accidents and disruption leading to expensive delays and changes to project plans.
Using CCTV cameras to explore the drainage system prior to any work commencing provides the essential information about drainage networks that developers need.
The footage shot underground will give a good indication of the network layout, including hidden chambers and manholes, and of what state of repair it is in.
We use this as the basis for compiling a comprehensive plan of the drainage network, and an analysis of the condition of the pipework.
The drain survey gives planners and developers of regeneration projects the necessary foreknowledge to plan projects more accurately, allowing for potential costs of drainage infrastructure repairs and alterations.
If required, we may then undertake further exploration of the drainage network using sonar drain tracing to pinpoint exactly where trouble spots are, prior to remedial work.
If your project requires knowledge of the local drainage network, contact Drainage Consultants for a drain survey.