Utility sector

  • Pinkhill Meadows Nature Reserve: Osprey nest tower and perch
    Pinkhill Meadows Nature Reserve: Osprey nest tower and perch

    The client: Thames Water Utilities Limited (TWUL).
    The site: Farmoor Reservoir, Pinkhill Meadows Nature Reserve, Oxfordshire.
    The brief: We were commissioned to construct an Osprey tower and perch to attract young Osprey to the Nature Reserve, as it has been observed that Osprey prefer to take over an existing nest than build a new one from scratch.
    The solution: Working...

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  • Clay Lane Education Centre: river model and outdoor classroom
    Clay Lane Education Centre: river model and outdoor classroom

    The Client: Affinity Water

    The site: Clay Lane Education Centre provides practical learning experiences in water, energy and environmental issues. The centre has welcomed school visits since it opened in 1998, with at least 6000 visitors a year. Located in Bushey, Hertfordshire the education centre sits within a 30 acre site boasting a variety of habitats including mature woodland,...

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  • Queensmead Lake: Evaluation of Access Provisions
    Queensmead Lake: Evaluation of Access Provisions

    The Client: Affinity Water
    The site: Queensmead Lake is an operational reservoir located close to the River Thames in Staines. The site covers an area of approximately 6.9ha and is surrounded by trees, shrubs and grassland. It is a strategically important resource in Affinity Water’s operational network and as such sensitive to any pollution or contamination event. Although closed off...

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  • Springwell Lake: Tree safety works
    Springwell Lake: Tree safety works

    The client: Affinity Water.
    The brief: To make safe a line of over-mature poplar trees growing on a narrow bank between Springwell Lake and the River Colne. The lake also receives high use by the public, adding to the complex nature of the job.
    Our solution: After much consideration, it was decided the safest and most efficient method to dismantle...

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  • Bushey: Tree Safety Inspection and Habitat Assessment
    Bushey: Tree Safety Inspection and Habitat Assessment

    The site: Clay Lane Education Centre, Bushey, Hertfordshire.
    The brief: To complete a Tree Safety Assessment of the site and report. The trees at the site are of higher risk due to the utility company’s busy Environment and Education Centre at Clay Lane which welcomes over 6000 school children each year.
    Our solution: Arboricultural consultants from Maydencroft undertook a Tree...

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  • Iver: Invasive Species Survey and Management Plan
    Iver: Invasive Species Survey and Management Plan

    The client: Affinity Water.
    The brief: Maydencroft consultants were asked to conduct a survey to identify invasive non-native species at a site in Iver, Buckinghamshire.
    Our solution: A detailed survey of the area was undertaken which found Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed, Himalayan Balsam and Orange Balsam. Each patch was individually recorded and photographed to aid future monitoring and a five...

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  • Iver Heath: footpath improvements
    Iver Heath: footpath improvements

    The site: Owned by Three Valleys Water and managed by Groundwork Thames Valley. A wetland site bordering Iver Heath.
    The brief: Removal and disposal of burnt out vehicles obstructing the public right of way, followed by minor earthworks and vegetation clearance, installation of steps, fence removal and disposal, installation of boardwalk, restoration of a large steel framed footbridge.
    Our solution:...

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  • Springwell Lake: habitat improvements
    Springwell Lake: habitat improvements

    The site: A popular coarse fishing lake with a path that circumnavigates, allowing access for all.
    The brief: A joint project was undertaken by Affinity Water and Groundwork Trust Thames Valley to construct new access, improve existing access areas and enhance the wetland habitat.
    Our solution: Using a combination of boardwalks, causeways (raised sections of path) and platforms, the access...

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