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I’m finishing up here and while I’m going through old files and cleaning out drawers I’ve started to wax philosophically about all the projects I’ve worked on over the past five years. My first large scheme and the project I used for my Civils exam was Larden Road.

Larden Road was a £68 million housing scheme with a mix of for sale/affordable residential and commercial units. The project comprised approximately 500 individual residential units spread across a 2.1 hectare site. The small plan area of the site required that the units be situated in high density multi-storey buildings with a central private access road. The site is located within the floodplain of the river Thames.

This resulted in a host of design and feasibility problems. I think this project has a special place in my memory because I was part of the team that not only secured planning for the scheme, but also part of the design and build design team for the contractor who built it. This meant that I wrote a Flood Risk Assessment, carried out preliminary designs for costing, produced construction information and saw the construction through to site.

The site:

The Microdrainage Model:

The basic idea is that the Environment Agency asked us to attenuate to Greenfield rates. This meant we needed a large amount of attenuation in order to achieve the required volume of storage necessary to meet the rates. I designed a system that cascaded permeable paving zones through the site with a single outfall. I even selected recycled material for use beneath the paving.

The recycled material:

And the finished product:

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Ch Ch Changes.

Well, it’s been official for 2 weeks now. My time at Curtins is finally at an end. I will be leaving here this Friday and start at the new job on 16th August. I’m not certain what their policy is on employee blogs yet so I won’t name and shame them by associating myself directly. Not yet anyway.

By way of send-off I thought I’d take a look back at some of my favorite projects I’ve completed here. I haven’t done a full count, but by my reckoning I’ve been involved in over 80 different schemes during the last 5 years. I also used my time here to get Chartered. Curtins are tied into my whole British experience. They were the first people we met when we moved here and many of them remain close friends. I’ve spent a fair few great nights and days working and playing with the people here. I am going to miss them!

The 2009 office Christmas Party:

The 2009 drainage team:

There are too many good times to cover in one post. I’m going to try and update throughout the week with some more memories/projects.

Some of the places I’ve done work in include (in no particular order):

Greater London
Weybridge
Pirbright
Birmingham
Nottingham
Rochester
Canterbury
Chelmsford
Southsea
Southend
Norwich
Norfolk (Hopton, Flegg, Hobart, Winterton, Glebeland, Gilingham)
Colchester
Ramsgate
Reading
Luton
Aberdeen
Bristol
Cardiff
Coventry
Grimsby
New Castle

I’m sure the list could continue, but I won’t bore you any longer. I just want to say that working for Curtins has been a pleasure.

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