Leaving a legacy through constructing bird and seal hides

Large-scale projects should work with the local community to ensure the project leaves a positive legacy on the surrounding environment.

See the examples below for how a flood alleviation scheme achieved this:

  • The site team approached several universities, including Teesside, Northumbria, Leeds and Leeds Beckett to provide designs for a seal hide. Originally the idea of the seal hide came from the site team; the client (the Environment Agency) wholeheartedly embraced the idea.
  • Leeds Beckett University were selected to provide designs for the seal hide, and in conjunction with the EA a final design was selected incorporating a roof to protect those ‘hiding’ from inclement weather.
  • With the assistance of the client, planning permission was granted for the hide and for an additional ‘bird hide’ for the RSPB, which was funded through project savings.
  • The seal hide is currently in the design process and will be constructed using Corten steel, making the structure permanent. The bird hide may well be constructed of timber.
  • These structures ensure the project leaves a permanent environmental and community legacy.

BAM Nuttall Seal and Bird Hides

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Monitor report. BAM Nuttall Ltd. County Durham. June 2018.

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