Renewable energy is a hot topic and comes in many shapes and forms spanning a wide variety of technologies and applications. When mentioning renewable energy, noise and vibration issues are not normally what springs to mind and it is often forgotten or has a low priority in the whole planning and design process. This may create problems further down the line; problems that will have not only design implications but also significant cost implications for the developer. It is therefore important to take noise and vibration issues seriously and evaluate them properly as part of a feasibility study as early on as possible.
The Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE) released its Car Park Design Guidance on 8th of June, building on a legacy of 45 years and four editions of its Design recommendations for multi-storey and underground car parks document. As always, the recommendations are intended to set a good level of practice and provide new and updated information for anyone involved in the intricate world of car park design, construction, maintenance and reuse.
Active Travel England (ATE) is the executive agency that has been set up to promote and encourage walking and cycling as part of the UK government’s overarching target for 50% of trips in towns and cities to be in the form of walk and cycle trips by 2030.
Today we are celebrating the incredible women who work at Mayer Brown! Take a closer look at our employee spotlights below, where you can learn about the diverse career paths, notable achievements, and valuable advice of our talented female professionals for young women just starting out.
We are all familiar with speed cameras, with many finding themselves on the wrong side of them at some point in their time behind the wheel, but to most people, the idea of noise cameras is likely a new one. However, they are something that could become much more familiar in the near future following an expanded trial that, if successful, means noise cameras could be rolled out widely in the UK.
Since the early 2000s, there has been a steady increase in the use of home delivery services for buying groceries. This has had impacts on the footfall traffic inside supermarkets. It has also changed the way many of the big retailers have sought to expand, with some trending towards smaller convenience stores whilst allowing the ‘big weekly shop’ to be accommodated by online services and home deliveries. This dependence on online deliveries was accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, but has this shift stuck around post-pandemic?
Mayer Brown investigates below what the impact of increased home deliveries is on parking demand at supermarkets, and whether some food retailers could afford to reduce their car park sizes in order to accommodate other facilities.
Transport planning, like any industry, is subject to constant change and has to evolve in order to meet the shifting goals and needs of councils, communities, and society. The early signs of what could be a major change in the transport planning process has come in the form of a new approach being adopted by Oxfordshire County Council (OCC). This is summarised in a report titled “Implementing ‘Decide & Provide’: Requirements for Transport Assessments” (2022) and was approved by Cabinet in September 2022.