Natural Flood Management & Catchment Restoration
Consulting - Design - Contracting
Our team has over 30 years experience of designing and delivering highly effective projects, ranging in scale from individual reaches to entire catchments. We offer specialist early contractor involvement and expertise in the development and delivery of innovative and successful approaches. Our projects are designed and constructed using techniques, materials and plant equipment that minimise impact on the sensitive habitats and sites we work on.
Catchment Designs offers specialist natural flood management and catchment restoration services delivered by a highly skilled, knowledgeable and experienced team. We work with clients from the charity, private and public sectors.
Our base is located in the Eden Valley in Cumbria, sandwiched between the iconic landscapes of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines. We are well connected to Northern England and Scotland being within 10 mins drive of the M6 and A66.
Specialising in early contractor involvement enables us to develop appropriate solutions that deliver successful and cost effective outcomes for our clients. We have a proven track record of managing the life-cycles of large, complex multi-location programmes and individual site based projects.
We have extensive experience of working in sensitive and designated landscapes such as Special Areas of Conservation, SSSI's, National Parks and UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Our approaches deliver sustainable, innovative and high impact outcomes.
Outcome Focused Solutions
Catchment Designs services are backed up with over 30 years experience in the catchment / land management and conservation sectors.
We specialise in early contractor involvement.
Catchment Designs supports clients throughout the lifecycle of a project - from concept through to delivery. This approach enables us to provide cost effective, pragmatic and practical solutions for each stage of an entire programme or individual scheme.
NATURAL FLOOD MANAGEMENT
Working with and restoring natural processes to reduce flood risk, Catchment Designs offer a full service from consultancy to construction of on & off-line storage, leaky dam construction and woody debris introduction.
RIVER HABITAT RESTORATION
We have over 20 years experience of developing and delivering river habitat restoration and assisted natural recovery projects in both lowland and upland contexts.
Our Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Matts Natural Flood Management expertise began in the North East, specialising in using traditional skills in a modern context whilst training the next generation of Countryside Managers. Specifically, weaving living willow structures to hold high flows, creating wet woodlands and increasing channel roughness. His innovative and creative approaches get the very best outcomes from available topography natural materials and budget.
Simon has 22+ years of catchment management and river habitat restoration experience. His first large scale river habitat restoration project was in 1997 on the River Deben in the wilds of East Anglia.
His specialisms include strategic catchment planning / stakeholder engagement and the scoping, development and project management for natural flood management and river restoration schemes.
Woodlands & Forestry Specialist
Ben is Catchment Designs specialist Aborculturalist. He has over 20 years experience in sector. Having studied to degree level he subsequently worked in the United States and extensively across the UK.
Practical & Technical Experts
Our contracting team are highly skilled and experienced ground works experts covering a wide range of disciplines including the operation of specialist plant, aboriculture and construction in remote locations.
All of our contracting team members are fully qualified and insured.
A RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE COMPANY
Responsibility & Sustainability are the founding principles underpinning our business.
Our team benefits from fair pay, an ethical business culture and safe working practices.
We deploy methods and techniques that minimise the impact of our operations on the many sensitive habitats we work on. For example, our contracting operations involve the use of natural sustainable materials and the use of low emission fuel in our chainsaws. However, the nature of of work requires four wheel drive vehicles and heavy plant. Therefore, we track our annual emissions and will off-set them by investing in community led carbon sequestration projects.
Lastly, we support and volunteer at range of local community initiatives including; Keswick Mountain Rescue and The Studio Morland arts and well-being Community Interest Company).
A selection of some of our current and recent project contracts.
The village of Flimby suffers from surface flooding caused by overwhelmed and constricted drainage systems that flow through and under the coastal habitation. The project was developed with West Cumbria Rivers Trust and funded by Environment Agency and Defra’.
This project was developed with West Cumbria Rivers Trust and funded by The Greggs Foundation. The brief for the site was to create a variety of structures using materials onsite to offer a showcase of options and techniques whilst thinning the woodlands to provide better understory and structure.