British Standards Relevant to Agriculture

British Standard Summaries

BS8007 1987
Design of Concrete Structures for Retaining Aqueous Liquids.

The text herein is not a a full reproduction of the British Standard. It is summary based upon interpretation of the original text and not intended as a replacement for the full text. It should be used for general guidance only.

This British Standard provides recommendations for the design and construction of concrete structures used for the containment or exclusion of aqueous liquids. It does not cover dams, pipes, pipelines, lined structures or the damp-proofing of basements. It applies to UK conditions only.


  • The structure design should consider both full and empty conditions and the maximum potential loads.
  • Consideration should be given to the  risk of sliding and over-turning.
  • The liquid pressure on walls and joints should be carefully considered.
  • Suitability of the site should be considered including the risk of ground movement, agressive soils and chemical deterioration.
  • Cracking of structures may be caused by a variety of effects including over loading, extreme moisture levels and temperatures and applied heat.
  • The complete structure should be inspected regularly.
  • Concrete used should have low permeability.
  • The full Standard provides detailed specification for reinforced concrete structures.
  • The full Standard provides detailed specification for pre-stressed concrete structures.
  • The full Standard provides detailed specification for workmanship standards for aqueous liquid retaining or exclusion structures.


  • All safety requirements should be met in the design.
  • Access for inspection, maintenance and repair must be provided.
  • Harmful and/or explosive gases should have means of escape through ventilation.
  • Toxic materials should not be used.
  • The full Standard provides methods for testing liquid retention.
  • The full Standard provides methods for testing the the roofs of liquid retaining structures such that they are watertight.


  • The full Standard provides detailed specifications for producing and assessing concrete for compliance with durability and impermeability requirements.
  • The full Standard describes suitable materials, aggregates and mix proportions.

A British Standard nor this summary does not, necessarily, include all the necessary information for correct implementation of the Standard to any specific application. This is purely the responsibility of the user. Standards are updated by either amendment or revision. Users should ensure that they are using the latest version.

The full text of this Standard can be obtained from the British Standard Institution

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