Land & Water has been awarded a place on the Thames water river restoration project (CP0033) framework contract.
The project will see the implementation of river restoration and fish passage, improving available habitats and resilience within rivers.
This will enable Thames Water to meet regulatory requirements as part of the Water Industry National Environment Programme (WINEP).
Land & Water has plenty of experience at implementing ‘soft’ nature-based engineering solutions and working with regulators and local communities.
It has previously restored hundreds of miles of waterways throughout the UK for the Canal & River Trust, building solid working relationships with the Environment Agency, Natural England, land owners and local stakeholders.
As part of the overhaul and improvement of the waterways, work will include weir removal or modifications, channel bed re-profiling, riverbank re-profiling and replacing banks with softer, natural options.
Barriers to fish passage will also be overcome, with pass channels and other solutions such as rock ramps and in-channel gravel, which will allow fish to lay their eggs.
A key driver for the river restoration programme is to mitigate the impact from abstractions.
However, the complexity of river systems means that reducing abstraction alone may not address all of the pressures in the impacted area, and therefore there needs to be improvements throughout the river environment.
The scale of the framework will see the works varying from small local projects which can be delivered manually and with minimal mechanical input, through to larger scale schemes.
Fiona Moore, divisional business manager, said: “We’re very excited to bring our wealth of experience to developing these projects over the coming years.
“The result will be a transformation and improvement of the Thames Waterways, reducing the impact on the environment and meeting its obligations under the Water Framework Directive.