Working directly for the local authority, over 3500m3 of silt was to be removed from an important balancing pond, for both flood prevention and environmental benefit. The project was also supported by the local community for its leisure and amenity value.
Scope of Works
The works comprised the dredging of the balancing pond with associated vegetation removal as required, the screening of silt, its storage whilst drying prior to haulage, removal of the silt and finally re-instatement of the site to the required standard.
For the main dredging operations the water in the pond was pumped down and low ground pressure, long reach excavators used to excavate the silt. This was loaded into the dumpers and transported to the spread area for drying out.
Following tests on the condition of the silt and liaison with the Environment Agency, it was agreed for the silt to be removed after the drying out period. Returning in the summer then, the dried silt was transported to a recycling facility. The adjacent field on which the silt had been spread was then reinstated, top soilded and seeded.
Daily communication with the Client ensured that the public issues were addressed, such as work progress, security and access. The community support was an essential part of the project and the successful completion was attributed to the team ethos established.
Undertaken mainly in the winter months, this project had its weather related challenges, but with a dedicated team and hard work, was completed on time.