River Wyre – Channel Realignment

“Cain Bio-Engineering Limited were appointed as principal contractors, and they subsequently and successfully executed a ‘design & build’ solution in the 16 week period.

This was a complex, time sensitive project with multiple stake holders to keep informed and keep happy throughout. When at times, inevitably the project did not run smoothly due to matters outside our control (not least the changeable British weather!), I was extremely grateful and relieved that we had a nationally recognised expert on our team to help us navigate successfully back on track.

Simon Cain and his team (both in their office in Hampshire and also on site) were an absolute pleasure to work with throughout, and I would have no hesitation in recommending them to others (as I have already!) for similar specialist in-river projects”

Duchy of Lancaster’s Agent – Savills


Project Overview

Cain Bio-Engineering completed the design and build of a channel re-alignment and bank stabilisation project on the River Wyre, in order to protect a high pressure gas pipeline. As well as the threat to the high-pressure gas pipeline, the main river channel was threatening to breach its true left hand bank (TLHB), separating it from a fishing lake.

Both these issues had arisen due to lateral migration of a meander sequence over time, linked to disconnection of the main river channel from an adjacent floodplain. The channel was realigned towards an interpreted historic course and a flood relief channel created in order to take high flows and reduce pressure on the outside bend.

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