The works followed stages, firstly, to re-route the river around the works through an alternative channel, with consideration to potential silt filtration and the ecology of the river. The second stage was removal of the concrete sections and regrading and profiling of the channel, to create an accessible feature to compliment the development and work as part of the surface water management on the site.
The next phase was installation of the groundworks, foundations and structure for the largest Flexiarch bridge in Europe. The elements of the bridge were brought onto site directly from Ireland, before the completion with the surface detailing and roadway construction.
The river banks have been stabilised with shrub planting, hydroseeding and planted coir rolls to await the next phase of detailed landscaping works. The existing ecology of the site was a major consideration throughout the whole process, with routes provided for mammals, use of appropriate plant species as advised by the ecologist and building techniques to protect the balance of the site.
The result fulfils its technical requirements, but also provides an attractive focal point within the site. The wider restoration works open up the river, allowing it to be an area of amenity and interest, also helping reduce flood risk in a newly populated area. Striving to provide an insight in how water can be a positive aspect in development, not a blight.
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