The Shipwrights Way is a historic bridleway running 50 miles through Hampshire, from Alice Holt Forest to Portsmouth Dockyard. In 2016, Aquascience were contracted to design and construct a new, 2.5km section of bridleway, replacing a section of the route that previously ran along the busy A325. The new route ran through Woolmer Forest SSSI, land controlled by the Ministry of Defence and in close proximity to a gas main.
Aquascience completed the project in two phases; design and then installation. The design phase took into account the known ecological status of the SSSI, primarily the presence of protected amphibians and reptiles, and the main design elements, which were:
The installation phase involved works carried out using specialised path construction equipment from MP & KM Golding which formed the path tray, laid the sub-base and compacted and cambered the new surface.
Prior to path laying, tree stumps had to be removed from site and the surface organic matter removed to provide a suitable surface. Where tree roots were close to the path tray surface, root guard material was installed for added protection. A number of culverts were installed using twin wall pipe set on a gravel bed to negotiate ditches.
The project was highly successful and now provides a safe cycleway for users away from the adjacent busy A325.
Company Ltd is registered in England & Wales with registration number 05602983.
Registered address is Unit 5/6 Green Lane, Ampfield, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 9BN.
Aquascience Ltd is an established company specialising in river, lake and wetland restoration, including the design, engineering and delivery of complex river projects, fishery management, water quality improvement and habitat restoration.
The company also operates its own aquatic nursery, supplying a range of native marginal plants of guaranteed provenance
Unit 5-6, Green Lane Farm
P: 01794 368247