A project led by global engineering and design firm Stantec has been shortlisted for the BIG Biodiversity Challenge Award.  Led by CIRIA’s Biodiversity Interest Group (BIG), the challenge raises awareness of how biodiversity needs to become a key component within the construction and development industry, as an integrated part of planning and delivering projects.

As part of a £6 million flood reduction and surface water improvement scheme designed and constructed by Esh-Stantec, three floating island eco-systems designed and made by Biomatrix Water have been installed in Killingworth Lake, North Tyneside, England, to improve biodiversity and water quality and provide natural habitat.

The overall scheme provides flood protection to over 3,500 homes, improves water quality, and provides amenity and biodiversity through the establishment of surface water attenuation areas.  Instead of flowing back to the sewerage system, overflows from the lake will spill into natural grassed areas alongside and drain back to a local watercourse instead.