Highlight projects are below:
RSPB Ouse Fen: Dr Haycock has worked with the RSPB since 1997 on the development of 500 hecatres of wetlands, just south of the Ouse Wash. This extensive wetland presents numberous hydrological and hydro-chemical challenges. We have developed novel hydro-chemical models that has resulted in the design of new syphon irrigation systems to sustain and hydrate this nature reserve and protect the quality of the habitats. In 2014 detailed designs for the next phase of this wetland project are being completed.
Silverlake, Dorset: In 2012 we started working with Habitat First Group to design a large holiday chalets community and landscape into an extensive quarry. The landscape will include 45 hectares of open water and associated wetlands. Designing and monitoring the water quantity and quality of this new landscape has resulted approval for the development in January 2014. The development is the first major project to be compliant with the protection of Poole Harbour SAC. Novel waste water treatment systems, including tertiary wetlands designed using the PkC* method were modelled by Haycock to meet regulators standards.
Fonthill Estate: In 2013 we started working with the Estate to undertaken the restoration of Fonthill Lake (20 hectares). Over the last 18 years various plans have been implemented, with limited success. Haycock generated a systematic review and holistic plan for the lake, which is now being implemented by the Estate and ourselves.
Serpentine Hyde Park: Dr Haycock was appointed as technical advisor to The Royal Parks in June 2011 and asked to lead the refurbishment of the Serpentine prior to the Olympics in July 2012. A major refurbishment project was completed with the hydrology and the water quality restored and the lake made safe for swimming.
Croome Park: Playing a key role in the National Trusts restoration of the Croome Brownian Landscape Park in Worcestershire, Dr Haycock revisited the methods and techniques of Capability Brown whilst exploring new approaches to achieve his aims. Dr Haycock modelled the site's hydrology overlaying up-to-date digital terrain maps with the original 18th century drawings, planned and managed the dredging and re-profiling of the lake and river and designed three constructed wetlands to improve water quality before it entered the lake. These were fitted sensitively into the landscape and now support a thriving habitat. The project featured in detail in a BBC2 Hidden Garden programme screened on 30th January 2004 and was also reviewed in the associated book on the programme (Cassell Illustrated).
Kenwood House: At Kenwood, which includes the two upstream ponds of the Highgate Chain in Hampstead Heath, Dr Haycock advised English Heritage in 2004-2005 on hydrological design standards and sensitive options to refurbishing the flow structures for these lakes in order to minimise the risk of dam failure. The historical and landscape setting of this project was highly sensitive and a solution which complimented the landscape was required. The refurbishment work was managed by Dr Haycock from design feasibility through to construction completion. In 2014, we are refurbishing the Old Farm ponds, 10 years after the initial work.
Wrest Park: In the English Heritage, Wrest Park, an initial hydrological assessment by Dr Haycock investigated the possible restoration of the seven interconnecting lakes to their historical format, which involved the reconnection of the lakes to the River Hit. This included an initial integrated water budget, involving an assessment of the water supply from surrounding catchments and exploring potential abstraction measures needed to restore the lakes to their original configuration. Again, the historical setting of these features had to be taken into account with regard to the design solutions. Other problems with the lakes and structures had to be addressed prior to restoration. These included leakage problems, bankside erosion, silting up of the main lake and associated dredging issues given the possible reservoir status of the lake, stability of the banks and restoration of modified structures and weirs. Dr Haycock advised English Heritage on all of these issues and recommended practical and cost effective solutions. Hydrological modelling was carried out to determine the hydrological situation of the lake system at present, as well as modelling the system after the restoration to ensure a feasible approach.
Hampstead Heath: In 2005, Dr N Haycock was commissioned by the City of London to review the hydrology of Hampstead Heath and, in particular, the water quantity and quality of the Heath's lakes and ponds. This work compiled over 20 years of investigations, surveys and technical documents, and we developed new detailed catchment hydrology and flood routing models to better understand the water regime of the Heath. The project has been a foundation for our subsequent role in 2010 in refurbishing the flow structures for the lakes in order to minimise the risk of dam failure. Dr Haycock supported the City of London in securing £15.8M of funding to refurbish the lakes, their hydrology and water quality.
Stourhead, Iconic National Trust Property
A fantastic landscape, where water is a mirror of the landscape, planting and buildings, is suffering from accumulated nutrients and resultant algae blooms. In 2013 we started a program to monitor, model and advise the National Trust on the long term restoration of this waterscape.
Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park
Meeting Bathing Water Directive Standards was the key task in 2011-2012, especially for the Olympics. Our task was to put together a hydro-chemical plan for the lake, commission work and monitor the lake through 2012. Dr N Haycock spearheaded the task. The lake hydrology was changed successfully and the standards were exceeded.
Sinderland Brook, Manchester.
Dr N Haycock led a team to undertake the largest river restoration project in the UK. The hydrology of this scheme was critical with flood dynamics being modelled by ourselves. We do more than model and design, we lead, and in this case contracted and supervised the works with an inspired client team.
Venice Lagoon and the Hinterland
Dr N Haycock worked closely with Beppe Baldo, an outstanding engineer, to design a 16km river project and over 2000 hectare wetland creation scheme to reduce flood risk and filter the water before it passes into the Venice Lagoon. A five year project which we greatly enjoyed and continue to watch mature.
There are not many people who can say they have restored Capability Browns waterscapes, we are proud to say we can. We led a team to restore over 2km of water and in the process created three new wetlands to protect the central lake. Working closely with BEA Landscape, our trusted partner, this continues to be a exemplar project.
Working on chalk rivers is a pure joy, working on the section of river where fly fishing was invented is an honour. We developed a conservation management plan which was centred round water. This document forms the cornerstone of the National Trust's policy of the estate. A very special place.
Lydden Valley, Kent
Creating a new wetland for the RSPB is always an exceptional task. Using the latest land mapping and flood modeling, we are able to create a detailed vision of the scheme, test it and ensure enough water exists to sustain the habitats and the key species. We like to think we do it very well, we have worked on their largest reserves and they work.
It is not all about the big parks, we are keenly involved in local flood and drainage projects, supporting individuals with legal and insurance assessments, working with local government engineers on small schemes and providing an assessment and audit role for those worried about the impacts of development. We have worked at public inquiries, with QCs and solicitors together with having good relationships with insurers.
August 2004 saw the rarest of floods in the UK, it flooded Boscastle village. Dr Haycock was appointed by the National Trust to technically support them in recovering the village, the rivers and the catchment which are owned by NT. We worked to create a robust solution with the regulators, designing new river sections and restoring the village. A very rewarding experience and a wonderful community.
To be involved in the restoration of this 1690-1720 waterscape has been a great honour for the last five years. The refurbishment of the T-pond and currently the parterre and 30 step cascade has presented many challenges, least of all understanding the original design and it's hydrology. It is surprising how finely balanced their hydrology was and replicating it presented numerous challenges, which were overcome.
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