SWH secures £2.1m ecological project from Highways England for Stover Country Park in Devon
SWH Civils has secured a £2.1m contract from Highways England for an ecological improvement project, to create a series of reed bed lagoons that will improve the water quality and diversity of wildlife, in a Devon country park.
The work to complete the scheme at Stover Country Park has been awarded to SWH under Highways England’s Construction Works Framework for the South West and will take place adjacent to the A38 Drumbridges junction, near Newton Abbot.
The project will also include realigning and reconfiguring the drainage around the junction, so it can be fed into the new lagoon system. The scheme will aim to create a sustainable system for capturing, cleansing and settling out heavy metals from the drainage fed from the adjacent carriageway.
Over the years, water run-off from the A38 and Drumbridges roundabout has carried pollution from traffic, such as oil and metal residue from vehicle brakes, into the lake at the Country Park. This, along with other factors, has contributed to the poor water quality of the lake and reduced the variety of wildlife in the park.
SWH’s Highways England Framework Manager, Mark Rands was pleased to have secured what is an important ecological project for both Highways England and SWH.
He said: “It has been a great collaborative effort between Highways England, the Kier design team, Devon County Council, Natural England and SWH to develop the scheme and finally get it to site.”
Works are expected to start in late November this year and will run for 32 weeks, to the end of May 2019.