Fluvial Design Guide - Chapter 5 Background

Landscape and heritage

Stuart Ryder

This chapter begins by clearly explaining why it is important to consider both landscape and heritage in fluvial design. It then continues with an explanation of what to consider in each of the five stages of a project – inception, assessment and approvals, detailed design, construction, and finally maintenance, management and interpretation.

The chapter describes how to consider landscape and heritage issues, and sets out the legal and statutory framework for this.

The common techniques for landscape study, design and implementation are identified and explained, including character assessment, visual impact assessment, presentation techniques, drawings, and management and maintenance plans. Examples of successful landscape works are presented and illustrated, including floodwalls, flood embankments, weirs, sluices, trash screens, and waterway structures.

Common techniques for heritage assessment and management are also described, including desk study, field surveys, watching brief, reporting, and managing archaeological issues. There are also illustrative examples of other issues such as contaminated ground and public safety.

The chapter continues with a list of people and organisations to consult on landscape and heritage matters, and ends with examples of good practice and pitfalls to avoid.

Chapter Structure

5.1 Why consider landscape and heritage?

5.2 When to consider landscape and heritage issues

5.3 How to consider landscape and heritage issues

5.4 Common landscape techniques explained

5.5 Examples of successful landscape works

5.6 Common heritage techniques explained

5.7 Who to consult on landscape and heritage matters

5.8 A few do's and don'ts

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Stuart Ryder

S D Ryder
Ryder Landscape Consultants Ltd
38 City Road, Chester, CH1 3AE
 01244 304191  01244 304191

Stuart Ryder is a landscape architect who has specialised in designing and managing the delivery of fluvial and coastal improvement works. Areas of expertise include environmental impact assessment, public and technical consultation, regeneration associated with flood alleviation works and the design of environmental mitigation and enhancement works.