Tree Clearance, Enabling Works, Fencing & Earthworks
Our experienced team work on bespoke commercial & residential projects throughout the South West. Our small highly skilled team are able to offer tree clearance, enabling works, fencing and earthworks for bespoke projects throughout the South West. Some of examples of work carried out are detailed below.
HELSTON FLOOD ALLEVIATION SCHEME - SUSTAINABLE OUTCOME
In February 2020 our bespoke contracting team commenced a complex flood alleviation scheme for Kier Integrated Services / Environment Agency on the river Cober in Helston, which would draw upon the specialist skills of our bespoke contracting division
Constructing a retaining wall across 20 private gardens and forming a large earth bund through a further 10 gardens, the location made the project sensitive. The project required a specialist contractor that could complete all elements of the project, including, demolishing existing structures, erecting scaffolding in the river Cober to access the river edge, excavating and casting the RC foundations and building the Stepoc walls, as well as casting the bespoke coping stones as the size was irregular.
The northern section of the scheme called for the construction of 330 linear metres of flood banks, requiring the importing of five thousand tonnes of primary (virgin) aggregates to use as a fill material. Using a CEEQUAL calculation, an evidence-based sustainability assessment tool, the distance to suitable material sources meant significant HGV movements would impact air quality and carbon levels. Following extensive research, an alternative solution was found at a local development site, where 5,000t of excavated material was waiting for disposal. Following rigorous testing, the soils from this single site were deemed suitable for the works required.
Fences and gates were erected to cordon off the bank and then the scheme was totally re-reinstated to return the landscaping of the area to its former condition. Working closely with the Environment Agency enormous care was taken to ensure no spoil material entered the watercourse throughout the entire 9-month project for fear of polluting the river.
The project was completed successfully and is a lasting testimony to the ability of WH Bond to take on complex and sensitive schemes, whilst working sustainably.
FORDER VALLEY, PLYMOUTH
Our works started in January 2019 to carry out enabling works in preparation for the main site clearance for Balfour Beatty at Forder Valley Plymouth. A laydown area was constructed adjoining the main road, under Traffic Management, which would enable us to set up our site & deliver all plant equipment for Phase 1. A river was flumed & the silt prevention fencing was erected alongside all watercourses ahead of plant movements, 750 metres of Heras was erected & all overhead lines had the relevant control measures constructed.
In February the tree & vegetation commenced. All works have been carried out under a watching brief from a number of Ecologists & due to the presence of Birds, Badgers, Bats & Reptiles methods such as soft felling, hand cutting of vegetation & grass & erection of Bat Boxes have been carried out.
The team, of up to 16, worked successfully for seven days to ensure trees were removed before the Birds began nesting.
We have erected 2500 metres of site fencing & another 1000 metres of fencing to act as temporary Bat corridors; the fence panels are covered with green netting, dead hedging & Willow to give the Bats flight lines within previously cleared sections.
All cleared material has been recycled with the wood being processed for firewood & all wood chip used for bedding for livestock on local farms.