It’s been a busy few months for Land & Water’s Terraqua Environmental Solutions (TES) division with success in a number of contracts. July, August and September saw a wide variety of projects undertaken by the company, each job different and with a unique set of challenges.
Over the summer, Terraqua Environmental Solutions began working at Millwall Dock in London to grow, supply and install floating reed beds on to the floating dock. As a result of the July 2019 European heat wave, a period of exceptionally hot weather setting an all-time high temperature record in the UK, the team faced quite the challenge.
The high temperatures meant keeping the plants healthy during both transportation and planting was key. It also resulted in a shorter time frame in which to plant the reed beds and getting the plants in the water as quickly as possible was integral. Despite the heat and limited space to unload and carry out the work, the team successfully completed the project, towing the plants into position, before securing and fencing them on the floating dock.
Over the summer season, the team was also contracted to dredge a section of a tributary on the River Thames. The Duke of Northumberland’s river is the inflow to the prestigious Syon Park fishing lake in South West London. The park was experiencing problems with a low flow due to the build up of silt. Terraqua Environmental Solutions was contracted to dredge the section which runs through the grounds of Middlesex Hospital to remove all the offending silt from the channel. The team successfully managed to complete the operation and restore the flow of water within a short time frame.
Back at Terraqua Environmental Solution’s nursery in Surrey, the team were working to grow saline tolerant plants for a project at Enderby Wharf in South London. The nursery team planted them into coir rolls and nurtured them until they were established enough to be used on the site. The coir rolls were then taken to the site as and when they were required. Delivery to the site had its own challenges as a result of changing tide times which meant the delivery window was short and very specific. However, despite this the team managed to successfully complete the project on time and within budget.
Over in West Sussex, Terraqua Environmental Solutions was recently involved in creating a new pond. This included compacting the existing clay, installing a local stone revetment wall, stone waterfall inlet with pump and stone outlet. The team also installed an oak jetty with local stone steps either side to be used after swimming and also a beach area. The project was a huge success and the team are now patiently waiting for the rain and borehole to fill it up!
Lynn Puttock, General Manager at Terraqua Environmental Solutions comments: “Over the past few months we have been working hard on a number of contracts, often working in demanding circumstances, but utilising our expertise, we were able to overcome this.
The hot weather was a particular challenge especially when it came to making sure the plants we used in the projects were kept healthy and watered.
We started the year on a fantastic note, celebrating 25 years in business and securing a number of exciting projects – we are delighted to have maintained this incredible success over the summer. We have a number of projects in the pipeline as the year draws to a close and we are currently preparing our nursery for the colder weather, roll on 2020!”