Canal Restoration & Enhancement Case Studies

Cain Bio-Engineering have undertaken numerous canal restoration, enhancement, erosion control and management projects over the last 30 years. In our canal case studies section you will find more information, photos, videos and documentation about some of our favourite projects.

Canal Case Study: Signal Crayfish Damage Repair – Kennet Emcor

by Cain Bio-Engineering on February 20, 2009

Project: Signal Crayfish Damage Repair
Project Location: Woolhampton
River System: Kennet & Avon Navigation
Client: Emcor UK & British Airways
Date of Installation: February 2009

Project Brief

To repair a section of bank that has been severely damaged by American Signal crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus). Burrowing crayfish caused a breach in the bank and water was flooding through British Airways owned land and putting nearby property, a SSSI reed bed, and railway line at risk

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Canal Case Study: Erosion Control – Pewsey Wharf

by Cain Bio-Engineering on January 20, 2009

Project: Erosion Control
Project Location: Pewsey, Wiltshire
River System: Kennet & Avon Canal
Client: British Waterways
Date of Installation: January 2009

Project Brief

To protect a 155m section of heavily eroded towpath and oversee the resurfacing of 250m of towpath. The towpath had been seriously eroded by wave action from passing watercraft and from mooring pins driven into the bank.

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Canal Case Study: Erosion Control – Tyle Mill

by Cain Bio-Engineering on June 20, 2007

Project: Erosion Control
Project Location: Tyle Mill, Newbury
River System: Kennet & Avon Canal
Client: British Waterways
Date of Installation: 2007

Project Brief

On this stretch of the Kennet & Avon Canal heavy boat traffic and the presence of signal crayfish burrowing was leading to bank erosion and footpath damage.

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Canal Case Study: Erosion Control – Thames Canal Junction

by Cain Bio-Engineering on August 20, 2006

Project: Erosion Control
Project Location: Abingdon
River System: River Thames (Wilts & Berks Canal)
Client: Wilts & Berks Canal Trust
Date of Installation: August 2006

Project Brief

  • install protection for the toe of the newly created canal bank from wind and boat wash generated wave erosion
  • installation must be resistant to burrowing signal crayfish
  • provide essential environmental gain and aesthetics to the newly created channel