Werrington Brook Improvements
Location: Werrington Brook, Peterborough
Lead Organisation/s: Peterborough City Council; The Environment Agency; Peterborough Environment City Trust.
Funding Sources: The Water Framework Directive Grant in Aid through the Environment Agency
Following the completion of a feasibility study in 2014, a 5 year Werrington Brook Improvements project was launched to improve the water quality, biodiversity and community amenity function of several water bodies in this sub-section of the Welland catchment (including: Marholm Brook, Brook Drain, Paston Brook, Werrington Brook and Cuckoo’s Hollow).
These improvement works involve river restoration schemes, work with local communities and businesses to engender behavioural change, and work to tackle a wide range of pollutants at source.
Improvements involve re-shaping and re-landscaping five stretches of the Werrington, Marholm and Paston brooks, to restore the river to its natural characteristics. The work involves installing new features into the brooks to improve the way they naturally function. From restoring the natural flow of the river, to increasing the amount of oxygen in the water, the features will help to clean the water, create new habitats, and provide a more pleasant space for all to enjoy.
The project completed works on Arundel Road and Rockingham Grove in 2016, and on Ullswater Avenue in 2017. The latest work was delivered on the brook and its tributaries adjacent to Aubretia Avenue, with construction completed in May 2018. This was the most ambitious design undertaken in the project so far and involved 27 berms, 7 riffles, 9 pools and a surface water outfall treatment wetland over 740m of brook.
Along with the Werrington Environmental award, awarded by the Werrington Neighbourhood Council, the project gained a merit award at the Institution of Civil Engineers Awards in 2018!