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Our Work: Ashby Towpath, Hinckley

Site: Ashby Towpath, Hinckley

Date: July 2020

Value: £30k


Introduction


The Rothen Group were asked by Canal & River Trust to assist with repairing and replacing a 250m stretch of well used canal towpath in Hinckley. The project involved:

  • Understanding access restrictions & towpath users

  • Clearing the old towpath

  • Difficulties in getting materials to site

  • Laying new 1.2 m wide towpath

  • Installing edging boards and blending towpath in other places

  • Finishing site with topsoil & seed


2.5t digger placed on towpath to scarify and dig off old towpath surface
2.5t digger placed on towpath to scarify and dig off old towpath surface

Using our 70ft grab barge to lay Type 1 sub base and then Centrac topcoat
Using our 70ft grab barge to lay Type 1 sub base and then Centrac topcoat

Boating materials to site that were loaded at our wharf in Mancetter
Boating materials to site that were loaded at our wharf in Mancetter

The Project


Through having a wide range of floating plant the difficult access was easily overcome. We used a 2.5t marine ready excavator for scarifying and clearing the old towpath. As much of the existing topsoil was blended into the verge to save taking material off site. After laying edge boards where needed and membrane, the grab barge was used to offload Type 1 sub base and then the Centrac top coat directly onto the towpath.

Our floating grab barge was able to transport some materials to site and self offload directly onto the towpath with a clamshell. We loaded the materials at our wharf and floated them to site using pusher tugs and hoppers. This kept cost down as larger loose tip orders of materials could be made rather despite the difficult access on site.

The grab barge could unload from either it’s own hold tank or the hoppers tank and ensure a steady stream of material for the team working to level and compact the towpath.

A centrac top coat was applied and then topsoil brought in where necessary and blended in with grass seed to finish.


These works were undertaken with minimal supervision and to a high standard, in conjunction with our pragmatic approach to these type of projects.

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