The River Darent, Acacia Hall/ Central Park, Dartford
cbec was contracted by Dartford Borough Council and South East Rivers Trust to produce restoration designs for an extended section of the River Darent in Acacia Hall and Central Park, Dartford, Kent. The river was significantly impacted through this stretch, with a concrete-lined channel and weir structure within the Acacia Hall reach and generally poor ecological quality and limited aesthetic appearance throughout.
The project has involved the development of designs of a more natural, sinuous channel, removing extensive hard engineering and adding in ‘large wood structures’ to reproduce the more visually appealing ‘eco-geomorphic’ characteristics of a lowland chalk stream. Additional benefits to public amenity and safety have also been considered as part of this process. The final designs were subsequently modelled in 2D to assess the functioning of the proposed schemes. Stakeholder liaison has also formed a significant part of this work throughout the project, with cbec communicating with project partners regularly.
The Central Park section was constructed in November 2019, with works at the Acacia Hall site completed in Spring 2021. cbec provided design site supervision throughout the construction phase of the project.