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Queens Park Lake Restoration

The desilting of the lake formed an essential part of the restoration works, with over 8,000m3 of silt to be removed. This was made more challenging by the location of the Valley Brook culvert running under the lake and the need to demolish two lake bridges.

WM Longreach agreed a methodology of draining the lake with the Environment Agency to avoid silt pollution and a new method for treating the silt to avoid the wet material lying on fields in the park. By treating the silt in excavated 'cells' the spreading of silt was a huge saving on programme time. The cells were backfilled and the adjacent fields reinstated. The safety of the public was paramount, with secure fencing erected and patrols carried out to ensure no unauthorised access was gained into the work area.