Case study: Aston Nature Reserve

A major new exten­sion to Aston Nature Reserve, on the Mont­gomery Canal was under­taken by Stephen while work­ing for British Water­ways.  The work was part of restora­tion of the canal, an impor­tant SSSI, des­ig­nated for its wide range of aquatic plants.  As part of a unique sus­tain­able restora­tion a major new nature reserve was con­structed using water flow­ing around Aston Locks.  This phase included the cre­ation of a new pond nearly two acres in size.  .  The cho­sen site was water­logged peat over­ly­ing sand, but the pond sys­tem required lin­ing, to main­tain water lev­els in the canal and con­nec­tiv­ity for the aquatic plants.  The cho­sen solu­tion was to use a flex­i­ble ben­tonite mat­ting liner, with a con­tin­u­ous pump­ing sys­tem to keep the site dry dur­ing con­struc­tion works.  The project was designed and man­aged by Stephen, with Mor­ri­son Con­struc­tion as the main con­trac­tor.  Total project value was £400,000.  The project won the 2007 Water­way Renais­sance Award in the envi­ron­men­tal category.

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