Hesketh Outmarsh

Customer:Environment Agency

Value: £489,000

The earthworks were carried out to form a new habitat to attract wildlife back into the estuary and improve the existing flood defence embankment (completed in phase one) prior to allowing the area to be subject to tidal inundation by breaching the outer defence flood embankment.

The project was divided into three phases with this package of works being the third and final phase.

The main works VHE undertook included;

  • Temporary works to allow access
  • Excavation to form new creeks
  • Forming access ramps onto perimeter bund
  • Filling to form platform for subsequent construction of a future bird hide
  • Infilling of perimeter ditch
  • Surface water management
  • Excavation of ditches/creeks from perimeter bund over the estuary to tie into river
  • Final excavation of four breaches to connect landward creeks into outward creeks

The site included land owned by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Natural England and longstanding VHE client, the Environment Agency. Throughout the works VHE liaised with the client and the family who farm the local fields and whose sheep graze on the perimeter bund to manage safe access across a nearby road track for construction plant and allow safe access to the family’s farm machinery and livestock to the out marsh.

VHE enjoyed a successful 2017 in relation to inter-company trading with AMCO, working on both Engineering and Rail related projects. We have successfully completed five projects including the Hunstanton works on the East Coast of England and Rail related earthworks and civil engineering on the fast track Trinity Lane footbridge project, site preparation works for the new bridge at Lincoln and restoration/landscaping works at Acton and Stockley in North London.

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