Working in Watercourses
As most 'In Channel' works are required to take place from May to October, our project teams are now beginning to look into works on watercourses. However, before any site works can begin, the proposed method requires approval through an environmental permit process. Kingcombe have extensive knowledge of temporary and permanent environmental permit considerations affecting design, build and commissioning across a wide variety of projects; both main river (Environment Agency Consent) including protected rivers such as Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and ordinary watercourse (Local Authority and Internal Drainage Board).Working closely with our clients, we begin all our projects with a detailed project assessment covering all clients’ needs and requirements, operational resources/requirements and environmental considerations; the latter including location, ecology and environmental obligations (regulated, industry practice and voluntary).This initial project assessment helps identify the requirement for environmental excluded works, exemptions, permits (standard or bespoke) or the use of regulatory position statements. This information is fed into our project design, and if required, can be used to provide our clients with additional options and project variations to improve the success (financial and operation) of the project.Kingcombe operates an Integrated Management System, covering Health and Safety, Quality and the Environment, and as part of this, the project assessment continues throughout the execution of all Kingcombe projects. This continuous monitoring and assessment enables projects to adapt to new and unexpected situations that may occur as the project progresses.As well as our skilled in-house team, we retain the services of a third party Environmental Consultancy for additional support as and when required. This improves our capacity to undertake works and adds additional integrity to our work via third-party assessment.