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Innovation & Research

Issue No. 65


Towards new cladding solutions Coastal Engineering

Construction futures Sustaining competitiveness


Fire safety and building design Floating houses for flood plains


Charging for irregation services Flooding

Floating houses for flood plains Highways

Motorcycle-friendly barriers Rural road surfacing


Innovative developments in transport 6 Irrigation

Charging for irrigation services Materials

Bruisable composites

Towards new cladding solutions Rural road surfacing


Safety and building design HSE research news

Whole-life costing Research showcase

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IRIA’s new guidance Control of water pollution from linear construction pro- jects (C648) provides specific guidance to clients, consultants, designers and contractors on how to plan for the control and management of water pollution from linear projects. The guidance outlines the characteristics of linear construction projects, provides an understand- ing of water pollution, and covers the project lifecycle from planning, early environmental assessments and design considerations for the construction phase, through to commissioning. The focus is on the prevention of contami- nation of watercourses in order to improve the

environmental performance of linear construc- tion projects. Although the guidance is of par- ticular relevance to those working on linear construction projects, the principles can also be applied to most construction sites. To purchase a copy of Control of water pol- lution from Linear construction projects (C648) visit

For further information please contact CIRIA (020 7549 3300; Fax: 020 7253 0523; E-mail:

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The nature of linear construction projects, such as railways, roads or pipelines, means that they are likely to have a high interface with the natural environment, crossing differing types of land, each with specific characteristics, different water regimes and different requirements for environmental protection. As a consequence, linear projects are often more complex than, for example, construction sites for build- ings, and therefore pose challenges on a significantly larger scale, with greater potential for cumulative environmental damage, with a higher overall cost and resulting adverse publicity. The application of good practice in preventing water pollu- tion is often very different for linear sites and requires experience and guidance to ensure appropriate measures are taken. Those involved in the design, construction and maintenance of linear projects need to be aware of the necessary environmental obligations at all stages, as decisions taken at the planning and design stage can have a significant impact on the control of water pollution once the project reaches the construction stage.

May 2006

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