Waterway improvements

Waterways are an important part of the natural environment and are often the focus of leisure, heritage and/or recreational schemes where water quality and safety are key factors.

Waterco specialists, environmentalists and Engineering Designers are able to analyse and make recommendations for waterway improvements from initial assessment, scoping and feasibility, through to detailed design.

Waterco will provide designs that are compliant with legislative and regulatory requirements, are safe for operatives and the general public (including during improvement works) and fulfil the client’s brief.  But more than that, our Designers will adopt a creative approach which will offer sympathetic ideas and solutions to maximise use and enjoyment of the waterway.

Where a waterway improvement scheme requires input from legal or expert witness testimony to achieve the desired goal, then Waterco can call on suitably qualified individuals from its Consultants panel to provide this service.

Where the concept has been determined and a civil engineering solution is required, we are experienced in either design for tender or working on a design and build basis to develop the concept into a cost-effective functional solution.

We give detailed consideration to health and safety from the outset on all our projects.  This ensures that risks are designed out wherever feasible, that the resultant solution meets our client’s needs and is safe to construct and operate and that it does not expose the public to unnecessary risk.

Environment Agency data has revealed that more than 20,000km of England’s rivers have been opened up to improve fish migration over the last four years (2016).

In 2016, Waterco worked with Balfour Beatty on a project to open up 34km (21 miles) of the River Witham in Lincolnshire for fish and eels, making it easier for them to migrate and spawn.


Waterco has the in-house capability to assist with the provision of fish and eel passage at obstructions on waterways, including the prioritisation of sites, all stages of design for a variety of solutions, and securing approval from the Environment Agency’s fish pass panel.


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