Highfields Park Restoration
This project saw the restoration of the Lake in Grade II listed Highfields park, also included in the English Heritage’s Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. With many parties engaged, years in the planning, this HLF funded project required early involvement by WM Longreach. The redevelopment works comprised lake restoration, fish rescue, temporary works, haul roads, silt removal, earthworks, gates, railings, ironwork, paths, services, building refurbishment, civil engineering works including ornamental bridge restoration, resurfacing and disposal of silt after drying out period (to be done as phase 2), landscaping and site reinstatement.
WM Longreach’s innovative solution to pump and store dredged contaminated silt in geotextile bags in the restricted space on site, minimised the impact on the environment. Working sensitively and to schedule despite challenges of public access, flood risk, health and safety issues of working around water and challenges of disposing the silt, together with good co-ordination of the different teams involved in the project was key to its success.