Urban Rivers

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.


Case Studies

River in July
Solution

River Quaggy: Lewisham

The river in July Salix were involved in the construction of in-channel features to help restore the River Quaggy in Lewisham. The River Quaggy is classified as…

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Enhancements on Riverside Walk, Duke of Northumberland’s River

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…

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Royal Wharf intertidal reed bed solution
Solution

Intertidal Planting Solution on River Thames

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…

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Porter Brook - an oasis for wildlife
Solution

Flooding and erosion prevention in Sheffield

When a flashy stream was unearthed in Sheffield Salix were brought in as specialist experts in erosion management by the Wild Trout Trust. The Porter Brook was…

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Solution

Erosion Control at Laurel Farm, a Network Rail Site

Scour protection provided by Rock Mattresses at a Network Rail site where the river had undercut the river bank, endangering the embankment above.

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River Washford Roadwater Erosion Protection

The increasing frequency of flood events on the River Washford required the existing system to be replaced and improved.

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Balancing-the-Brooks at Birmingham University
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Balancing the Brooks!

Bank post flooding event showing no erosion or damage The saying “a picture paints a thousand words” could not be more accurately applied than to a current Sali…

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Solution

River Ebbw Bank Stabilisation

Salix worked with consulting geotechnical engineers to provide design and build proposals to stabilise over 800 metres of steep riverbank composed of highly ero…

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