cbec’s integrated design team includes geomorphologists, field surveyors, hydrologists, numerical modellers, CAD technicians and a graphic illustrator, all of whom play an important role in delivering sustainable river management solutions that meet client expectations and are presented in simple to understand formats. We employ a unique iterative design approach, where ‘performance testing’ allows the development of the optimal solution.

In collaboration with Salix River & Wetland Services, we offer a comprehensive design and build package from concept to construction. Salix is a national leader in the design/ implementation of river/wetland restoration and channel stabilisation works and in the supply of associated plants and bio/geotextiles. The formal relationship between cbec and Salix provides a complete and integrated service, from initial site reconnaissance to options appraisal, high resolution assessments, detailed design, project specification, construction/implementation and, finally, monitoring.

Together, cbec and Salix provide:

  • A fully ‘in-house’ design and build service
  • An integrated and comprehensive package of optioneering to design to construction
  • Accurately costed and specified proposed designs; and
  • An efficient project management/ delivery process developed over years of collaborations

cbec and Salix have successfully delivered major design and build projects across the UK, including the East Tullos Burn (Aberdeen City), the Upper River Nairn (Highland), the rivers Babingley and Nar (Norfolk), the Rainton Burn (Northumberland) and the River Rhiw (Wales).

  • Over 200 metres of bank erosion at the River Rhiw before work was started
  • Completed rootwad bank revetment
  • Rootwad bank after 4 months
long reach excavator in action