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October 2023

Due to its chalk stream nature, the Hampshire Avon is an internationally important river, supporting a variety of plant and animal species. The Environment Agency are working with Wiltshire Council, Salisbury City Council, and partners to create a river park through the centre of Salisbury City Centre to protect and enhance this important landscape, whilst looking to reduce the risk of flooding within the city.


As part of this scheme WM Plant Hire’s specialist spider was used to create a series of low-level berms along the Mill Stream channel to help maintain the velocity of the water. This bit of specialist plant was carefully selected due to overcome the extremely challenging access. The best way to move material to create the berms was from within the watercourse as it was too shallow for a pontoon, and access from the banks in all locations was not a viable option. Floatation tyres reduced the impact of the excavator on the riverbed. The independent legs and the Spider’s capacity to configure itself into a narrow shape, as well as climb over barriers was especially useful when navigating access to the Mill Stream in central Salisbury. Importantly by providing an alternative to working from the banks busy pedestrian walkways were also able to remain open during the works.

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