Designing a Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) car park at Kester’s Docking
Gareth, Dave and Robbie once again travelled down to The Great Fen Project in Cambridgeshire to Kester’s Docking, the site of our previously designed 170 hectares of fen wetland re-creation. The site, formerly part of Whittlesey Mere, is undergoing a huge change from arable farmland to a mosaic of wetland habitats. The landscaping has been completed and the wetland features are due to fill up this winter with the inevitable downpours.
The purpose of this visit was to survey for the construction of a Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) car park on the site to provide some much needed parking for visitors. They managed to dodge the downpours to complete topographic and soil surveys with Short-eared Owls, Marsh Harriers and Red Kites being the main source of company.
After a useful meeting with the project engineer to discuss planning and technical details, they headed back to Slimbridge to process the data and embark on the detailed design.