River Restoration Workshop

There remains the urgent need to improve water quality in Scotland despite what Brexit may ultimately throw at us. Restoring watercourses to their (near) natural state has an ongoing momentum driven by SEPA and local authorities amongst others.

This half-day workshop, run by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management will include a site visit to one of the largest river restoration projects recently completed; Stane Gardens on the South Calder Water in North Lanarkshire. This project has seen the successful restoration of a watercourse previously heavily engineered and passing through over half a kilometre of a former iron works with obvious contaminated land issues. Legacy mine works also complicated the programme.

Returning from site, presentations will reveal the background to the project, including design, planning, construction and the ongoing maturing of the vastly improved site. This will be of interest to local authorities and others involved in channel improvements or realignment and river restoration.

Venue: Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Hillhouseridge, Shottskirk Road, Shotts, ML7 4JS

Date/Time: Thursday 28th September 2017; 13:00 for 13:30 start to close at 16:30


  • Chris Pittner is a Technical Director at WSP and is a chartered engineer. Chris has overseen the project to completion and will give a brief background to the site and other related projects being carried out in North Lanarkshire and Fife.
  • Dr Hamish Moir, Managing Director of cbec eco-engineering has over 20 years’ experience in water resources science. He has worked extensively in the field of fluvial geomorphology, both in research and consulting capacities. Hamish will provide insight to the geomorphological aspects of the site and will provide an update on how the channel is moving as anticipated.
  • Joanne Glennie is Assistant Business Manager and a Landscape Architect with North Lanarkshire Council and will provide the local authority perspective including hints on how to smooth the process of planning and regulation and why the project was initiated.

Please email Helen.Smith@WSP.com to book your place and for inquiries. There will be a charge of £50+VAT for delegates attending the event. CIWEM Scottish Branch sponsors are entitled to a maximum of 2 free places – please ask or see branch programme for details.

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