The Challenge:

Our proposed Project Manager and Works Manager delivered the following works to the Steart landscape:

  • Creation of 477ha of new wetland habitat
  • 12.7km of new earthwork flood embankments
  • 1,000,000m3 of material
  • Engineered opening (breach) in existing river defences
  • 10km of new footpaths and bridleways
  • 100 assorted structures

The Solution:

Management of Risk: The site had previously been used as a firing range designated as a high risk UXO site. Matt worked with Bactec to ensure a cost effective approach was adapted to manage this risk, by undertaking targeted surveys and training our workforce in the recognition and management of UXO.

Programme: Our tender proposal was to construct a trial embankment to understand the suitability of the excavated for use in the embankments. Not only did this manage the risk of using this material but allowed for a method related earthworks approached, which allowed quicker construction.

Environment: Our dedicated Environment Clerk of Works supervised the management of construction within archaeological sensitive zones and ecologically protected areas to ensure thriving future wildlife populations and prevent programme delays. Volunteers from The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT) were invited to help identify and monitor:

  • Wide scale displacement of water voles
  • Innovative methods to mitigate for ground nesting birds
  • Construction of artificial badger setts/relocation of badger populations
  • Displacement of reptiles from working areas
  • Translocation of 3000 great crested newts


ICE South West of England awarded the scheme its Merit Award for “Communities” and “People’s Choice” awards. Our team were also highly commended by the Considerate Constructors achieving a bronze award. Our work was recognised in the “EA Project Excellence Awards”, shortlisted in the BCI Awards and won a “SHE Exemplar Award.”

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