A project to transform a historical backwater channel  by reconnecting it with the adjacent River Spey was planned. It was hoped that once completed the connected backwater would create a more beneficial habitat for Freshwater Pearl Mussels, young salmon and other wildlife.

Location: Aviemore
Type of works: Riverside Works
Contract Value: £27,000

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Continuing the Company’s involvement within the SNH/Pearls in Peril habitat improvement scheme, McGowan Ltd were successfully awarded its third successful tender bid, this occasion to reconnect an existing backwater channel with the main River Spey near Aviemore.

Works consisted of rock armour placement at riverside, and the installation of  5 metre by 900mm diameter concrete culvert pipes to allow water passage through and into the backwater channel from the River Spey.

Project Notes:

  • Riverside Works under SEPA CAR License stipulations
  • Works below live overhead powerline – Use of Height restrictors on machines / Goalposts / Exclusion Barriers & Signage
  • Silt Mitigation – Use of Silt catchment areas / 6” Water pump use / Temporary cofferdam / Silt, debris and Oil Boom
  • Temporary Access Formation – Construction of raised causeway with integrated culverts to cross 10 metre backwater channel