cbec Europe > Bank Protection

cbec works across Europe

cbec’s record of success across the UK and overseas has been built upon a combination of its fundamental nature and process-based ethos, highly qualified and experienced staff and constant drive for technical innovation.

We have expanded our project work across Europe. Our latest projects from Ireland, Iceland and Norway can be viewed below:

Our projects from across Europe

Bluebell Business Centre, Old Naas Road, Inchicore, Dublin 12, D12 TN30, Ireland

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cbec eco-engineering Europe

Bluebell Business Centre,
Old Naas Road,
Dublin 12,
D12 TN30

If you are interested in learning more about our company, services and capabilities, please email [email protected] or call +44 (0)1463 718831 to speak to a cbec representative.

cbec relies on its workforce to create a thriving business. We are a progressive and expanding company and welcome enquiries across the full spectrum of our services. If you are interested in a career with us, email your CV to [email protected].

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cbec is part of the RSK group of companies

The RSK group is a leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services business offering bespoke end-to-end solutions to a variety of sectors. Headquartered in the UK but with an established presence throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, RSK helps organisations around the world achieve their business aspirations in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Peat channel restoration > Bank Protection

cbec’s work has expanded to include peatland restoration

Together with RSK Habitat Management, specialists in implementing peatland restoration, we are undertaking assessment and design projects. We are especially pleased to offer this service, which addresses the climate crisis directly in a practical way. Peatland restoration has the potential to increase carbon storage significantly. Peatlands in the British Isles have been drained and modified, so their carbon capture capacity is seriously diminished. Our work helps return these habitats to their natural condition, and it creates carbon sinks.

We are building on many years of operating in peat-dominated catchments in Scotland

At the heart of peatland restoration is undoing old drainage networks, typically by re-instating more natural hydrological pathways, thereby slowing the water flow through the peat. This helps reinstate natural processes that facilitate carbon capture and improve the habitat. These projects have much in common with our river and wetland restorations, and it is an area where we aim to make a positive contribution.

Our services include peatland surveys, whereby we map peat depths and undertake habitat impact assessments before our GIS team maps the data. Using the data, we produce reports that indicate the site’s suitability for restoration. The depth of peat, its condition, current management practices and site access are all considered carefully. Landowners may use our reports to apply for restoration funding. In Scotland, Peatland Action also provides funds for the initial peatland surveys. We will be expanding this service to the rest of the UK and Ireland. If you are interested in engaging our services, please see our digital brochure for more information, including how to get in touch.

Other focus areas

Fisheries and barrier management > Bank Protection

Our multiple, interconnected fisheries-related services

Our fisheries-related services include barrier assessment and habitat enhancement through river restoration with designs specifically considering the natural geomorphic processes that provide and maintain instream habitats, including local-scale components to enhance physical diversity (e.g., large wood structures). We have delivered fisheries and barriers assessment services for a range of clients, including utility companies, government agencies, angling associations and fisheries trusts.

Our staff have a thorough understanding of the hierarchical physical controls on instream habitats and the link between sediment transport processes and the quality of aquatic habitats. This knowledge is critical to the identification of appropriate solutions to fisheries-related issues.

We have also completed many projects involving barrier management (including full removal), covering all stages of the process (catchment-scale planning, prioritisation, options appraisal, cost development, detailed design, implementation and post-construction monitoring).

We offer a range of services to support fisheries management, including:

  • conceptualising and developing catchment management plans
  • managing licence applications for in-channel works (e.g., Controlled Activity Regulations in Scotland)
  • undertaking habitat surveys and associated sampling programmes
  • conducting salmonid spawning and/or redd surveys
  • designing hydraulic structures (including barrier management and removal)
  • designing instream habitat enhancements or restoring to high quality
  • constructing supervision services for in-channel work
  • designing and implementing monitoring programmes.

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Hydropower support > Bank Protection

Offering bespoke review, assessment and evaluation services at different levels

We offer bespoke review, assessment and evaluation services at a range of levels, from refining concept or draft design proposals to more thorough assessments of conditions and resultant detailed design development. No two hydropower schemes are alike, and we approach each project on a site-specific basis.

Our team will consider the possible impacts of and to the scheme regarding the river environment and propose various mitigation alternatives if appropriate. Our geomorphic and ecological expertise enables us to identify impacts to aquatic resources (particularly fish and fisheries) and suggest cost-efficient approaches to minimise these. In particular, we focus on the interaction of sediment transport process and hydropower, including the design of innovative sediment management plans, such as re-designing or retrofitting existing impoundment structures, but also upper catchment land use management plans to reduce excessive rates of sediment supply that often impact hydropower schemes.

Our team will provide assessment and advice on:

  • characterisation of key geomorphic and hydrological characteristics of a site
  • design of key features of hydro-electric power schemes so that impacts on hydrology, natural sediment processes and aquatic ecology are minimised
  • distribution and status of local fish populations and their critical habitat requirements
  • sustainable mitigation measures and fish and fisheries monitoring plans.

Our range of associated technical services include:

  • detailed and tailored topographical and bathymetric surveying
  • review of applications and draft licence determinations and existing licences
  • liaison, consultation and negotiation with key stakeholders (including local fisheries’ interests) and statutory authorities over the content of plans and programmes regarding local environmental challenges
  • data management and analysis, client reporting and representation on management group
  • pre- and post-commissioning surveys, monitoring, assessment and reviews.

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