Leading civil and engineering company, Land & Water, is conducting a large scale dredging campaign at Pier No 8 in Dagenham which will also support the largest habitat creation scheme ever constructed inside the M25.

An estimated 9,500m3 of silt will be removed from the Dagenham Pier river beds as a part of this project on behalf of client, Cemex. To facilitate this removal, Land & Water’s plant includes 2x490 long reach excavators, a Sherpa CW70.42L crane, a flat-top pontoon with 18m spud legs and 500 tonne capacity dump barges. The barges will transport the dredged material to Land & Water’s marine logistics hub at Coldharbour Lane Jetty, saving 66 lorry movements into and out of the capital each day. From here, 25 tonne dumper trucks will deliver the silt and material to the company’s marsh area.

The material will be used to create a significant area of new wetland habitat from re-engineered spoils. More specifically, the material will form the base of a new landform, covering the site to collect rainwater and fuel the wetlands passively. By creating 1,000,000m2 of habitat, more than 5km2 of continuous habitats will be formed, providing East London with an oasis of wildlife.

Discussing Land & Water’s Dagenham project, Ian Sharp, Marine Superintendent at Land & Water, comments: “The project in Dagenham is progressing really well and we are looking to wrap up on site in December.

We’re delighted to be using our marine logistics hub in Rainham to re-use the dredged material, harnessing its ability to support environmentally friendly projects elsewhere. By using the material to create so many new habitats, whilst supporting the demands of the Thames corridor, we are playing a key part in our mission for a more sustainable future.”

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