Collaboration Lead to Success for Land & Water
Land & Water Group, a provider of wet civil engineering services, has received a honourable ‘Performance beyond Compliance’ recognition on behalf of the Considerate Constructors Scheme for its work overseeing a lakes restoration project in South Thamesmead.
On behalf of client Peabody, the Land & Water team completed environmental enhancement works on the lake at the end of June 2020, to help enhance the area as part of a wider redevelopment scheme.
The project, which was a collaborative effort between various arms of the Land and Water Group, successfully progressed over the last few months, despite the COVID-19 lockdown. Land & Water Group worked efficiently and quickly within UK Government guidelines, whilst also meeting the specific criteria including ‘Respect the Community’, ‘Protect the Environment’, ‘Secure everyone’s Safety’ and ‘Protect their Workforce’. As a result, the Considerate Contractor Scheme recognition is even more significant to the Group, which has continued to carry out essential works throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.
The project, part of Peabody’s wider regeneration plans, will see 20,000 new homes created and more jobs in the area. Along with this, it will also improve blue and green spaces in Thamesmead. Using their expertise on site, Land & Water’s team helped ensure that Southmere Lake fulfils the requirements of this project, a venture which incorporates a comprehensive 30-year plan.
Land & Water Services worked alongside Terraqua Environmental Solutions (TES) to create five floating islands, reed beds and wetlands, providing much needed habitat in the area. In turn, this has helped to encourage wildlife and improve the ecological status of the lake. These structures promise to help stabilise banks and filter out bacteria, fungi and algae, futureproofing the biodiversity of Southmere Lake. TES has also grown native wildflowers from seed to provide interest and add to the habitat created around the lake. Meanwhile, Land & Water Services has dredged material which will be used to create further reed bed areas, whilst improving navigation on the lake for boating and sailing.
Discussing this recognition and what it means to Land & Water, the project’s Site Manager, Andy Mickelburgh, said: “We have all loved working on this project. Contributing to the rejuvenation of this area and the enjoyment it will provide for years to come is something we’re very proud of.
“Every member of our Land & Water Services and TES teams have helped to make this project a success. Using our impressive fleet of plant and vast expertise, we have managed to exceed expectations during a period of adversity and all in a timely manner. To have these efforts be recognised by an accredited body is an accomplishment which the Land & Water Group values immensely. This is a true reflection of the team’s unwavering hard work and determination over what has been, for everyone, a challenging few months. As always, Land & Water has delivered excellence.”
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