Lodgemore Dredging Scheme Progresses Well (UK)

The arrival of the Land & Water Dredging Team at Lodgemore on Monday, August 11, signalled the start of the second phase of canal restoration between Stroud Brewery Bridge and Lodgemore Mills.

Land & Water’s Senior Site Manager Chris Spencer has recently completed a busy couple of months in Somerset. He and the five members of the dredging team have overseen the arrival of over 75 tonnes of equipment at Lodgemore Mill. Chris expressed his gratitude for the welcome given to his team by Woollen Specialist Products at Lodgemore Mill.

“We needed a base for our office and equipment close to the job. What WSP Textiles have provided could not be better. This is a very narrow site with some real challenges for the team and for the local people,” Spencer said.

He spoke of the intense background work that has gone on well before the arrival of the diggers and dumpers.

We always work closely with the customer, in this case Stroud District Council; likewise the Environment Agency. We are acutely conscious that the tow path alongside the site we are about to start work on is a busy conduit for people going to work, to school and shopping up in Stroud. We aim to be completed in six weeks time.”

The initial stage involves ‘enabling work’. This term describes the creation of safe access for the heavy plant as well as assisting in the actual dredging and silt disposal. Some invasive species of vegetation will be dealt with. A fish rescue will be carried out this week to relocate fish back into the canal below Dudbridge.

A silt curtain, a textile membrane, will be installed across the channel to prevent suspended silt solids from flowing into the restored canal. Overhanging trees will be dealt with. Heavier timber will create habitat piles on the bankside opposite the towpath. This is where most of the excavated material will be placed and landscaped.

He explained the next stage with a degree of enthusiasm: “We will be excavating a navigable channel using some impressive equipment. Land and Water have recently purchased two Waterking amphibious excavators. They are manufactured in the Netherlands where they know a bit about drainage management. It is an excavator mounted on a pair of floating caterpillar tracks driven on large flotation pontoons.

“These are the only machines of this size and capability in the UK. We used the large one, the WK150, to great effect down in Somerset recently. The one for the Lodgemore job is the smaller of the two, the WK 80.”

Although the canal restoration project is mainly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Stroud District Council, the work at Wallbridge has been assisted by a generous £100,000 grant from the Veolia Environmental Trust.

Ian Edwards, the council’s Canal Manager, said: “Technically, this is a very difficult site in which to work. Access is very difficult and would have been impossible without the kind assistance of landowners. When this work is complete, yet another length of derelict canal will have been returned to its former glory for everyone to enjoy.”

Press Release, August 13, 2014

Share this article

Follow Dredging Today

One thought on “Lodgemore Dredging Scheme Progresses Well (UK)”

Comments are closed.


<< Jan 2020 >>
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2

3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

read more >


Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of DredgingToday.com, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below....


Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of DredgingToday.com, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...


Dredging jobs in Abu Dhabi at NMDC

National Marine Dredging Company “NMDC” aims to be the largest dredging player in the Arab’s Gulf region...