The National Grid's gas pipeline runs along the bank of the River Darwen for two hundred metres. Erosion of the bank had reduced the bank protection to less than the required 10 metres. Hugh advised National Grid's consultant, R.S.K. Environmental, Cheshire, of an alternative to 'rip rap' that was safe and acceptable to the Environment Agency. The technique recovered the bank width with a safe but affordable 'soft engineering' system.
Planning permission for the domestic development along the side of The Clyde Canal required a long term and 'natural' new water edge. Hugh advised the client's landscape architects, LKMK, Edinburgh, and the civil engineers, W A Fairhurst & Partners, of systems that achieved a safe soil slope leading down to a new reed margin along the 170 metres canal frontage.