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How can reusing old tyres help to prevent irreparable fire damage in concrete buildings?

Earlier this year, demolition work on the Liverpool Waterfront Car Park was completed. The car park had to be pulled down due to the structural damage that occurred to the concrete and the steel reinforcement when a fire ripped through the building on New Year’s Eve 2017. (Luckily no-one was hurt in the blaze.) But […]

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The challenge that inspired engineers to solve a major problem in the train stations of Europe’s biggest infrastructure project

What springs to mind when you hear the word Crossrail? If you’ve been following the news you might be thinking of £1.4 billion bailouts, long delays and issues with staff morale. But this is Europe’s biggest infrastructure project, increasing central London’s rail capacity by 10%. It will be the biggest increase since the Second World […]

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How can the construction industry help in the war on plastic?

There has been a fair bit in the media recently about excessive use of plastic. It’s a topic you may have seen getting much more coverage than the environmental challenges of the construction industry, despite the fact that these challenges are significant. This is understandable. We need homes for our survival, so perhaps people don’t […]

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Should we be growing more vegetables on London’s green belt land?

Growing tomatoes, courgettes and potatoes on green belt land around London? A new bridge to aid distribution of food? More sustainable food production for the UK? This is a concept I read about recently, as imagined by a Royal College of Art graduate. Joseph Mercer has suggested we build a series of Netherlands-style greenhouses on […]

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The Institution of Structural Engineers review of Will It Stand Up?

At SSA we are extremely proud of the recent review of Derek Mason’s book Will It Stand Up? in The Institution of Structural Engineers publication, The Structural Engineer, volume 96/ issue-7 July 2018. The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world’s largest membership organisation dedicated to the art and science of structural engineering. The Institution […]

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Why fire-detecting wallpaper outperforms a smoke alarm

What’s the worst thing that can happen to a building we’ve worked on? I am sure you can come up with a number of events that can be disastrous for a building, but “burning down” is definitely going to be on that list. Chinese scientists have been looking at this and they have developed “fire […]

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