This former paper mill site has now been cleared of built structures, contaminated ground remediated, and the river reinstated to promote re-wilding and biodiversity. Works required the temporary diversion of the river, which enabled the culverted section of the river to be removed and the contaminated soils and groundwater removed for treatment.

Our sustainable and environmentally sensitive river design was achieved by an iterative process to meet the aims of landowners, as well as the Environment Agency, whilst being appealing to the public.

Key ecological species were protected as part of the works. The solution to restore and enhance the River Culm corridor has reversed the loss of biodiversity, making it possible for species to grow in numbers and increase in range. It has also provided a means of managing surface water as a contribution to the regions flood defences.

Our work alongside the wider stakeholder team led to a Brownfield Briefing award in 2017 for ‘best biodiversity enhancement’.

Interested in re-wilding? Download the case study here.