Werrington Brook Improvements

Background

Following the completion of a feasibility study in 2014, a 5 year programme of works on the Werrington Brook was launched to improve the water quality, biodiversity and community amenity 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 natural characteristics lost during previous engineering works; this includes installing new in-channel features to improve the way they naturally function. By restoring the natural flow of the river and 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 local residents.

This project was funded by the Water Framework Directive Grant in Aid through the Environment Agency.

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New meanders created on the Werrington Brook.
New meanders created at Dukesmead.

Latest Work

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 to create a more natural meandering brook over 740m.

For more information on the project, please visit the Peterborough Environment City Trust.

  • 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.

Lead Organisations