Urban rivers regularly incur logistical complications due to the proximity of development and increased surface runoff, leading to flashy and constrained watercourses. Traditional hard engineering solutions are frequently used within urban areas, consisting of sheet piling, rock armour and gabion baskets. Hard engineering has a detrimental impact on the riparian habitat however and is frequently not necessary.
Salix’s bioengineering products can often be used as a direct alternative to hard engineering, frequently providing better erosion protection whilst allowing vegetation to establish in urban environments.
Bioengineering products require less material than hard engineering and are quicker to install, making construction more effective in urban areas.
Salix proposed a river enhancement design with the main aim of increasing base flow, reducing low flows and narrowing the channel using vegetated wet berms of v…
Creating a reed bed on an intertidal part of the Thames river is challenging – but Salix achieved a fantastic result as a consequence of their unique design app…
Scour protection provided by Rock Mattresses at a Network Rail site where the river had undercut the river bank, endangering the embankment above.
The increasing frequency of flood events on the River Washford required the existing system to be replaced and improved.