Design and Consultancy

Five Rivers have been designing and consulting on river, wetland and ecological mitigation sites for 25yrs.

Our design and consultancy team includes geomorphologists, ecologists, engineers, modellers, and construction experienced professionals who all play an important role in ensuring that we deliver sustainable solutions that meet client and technical expectations but are presented in simple to understand formats.

All our design work conforms to CDM2015 regulations, British standards, industry best practice as well as EA SHEW COP guidance as a minimum. We use industry standard software to produce high quality designs and drawings for a wide range of environmental projects.

We provide design services from initial site surveys through to the production of detailed drawings; vital when modelling impact of schemes for environmental permitting. Where required we work with established partners to produce hard engineering solutions as well as flood and flow modelling outputs.

We have a proven track record of successfully designing and consulting on a wide range of schemes from small private landowners through to WINEP schemes as part of water company AMP works. Our knowledge of constructing water and ecological mitigation schemes ensure buildability of designs from initial concept stage and ensure accurate cost benefit analysis of delivering schemes from the outset. We can also offer a design & build package to provide an integrated service and ensure efficiencies can be made.

Other services we can offer include:

Commenting on existing designs proposals drawn up for an EA led restoration scheme

Commenting on existing designs proposals drawn up for an EA led restoration scheme

Early Contractor Involvement (ECI)

Early contractor involvement (ECI) is a service we provide to a range of clients including regulatory bodies, designers and developers. We are brought in as early as possible in a project to provide design input and practical considerations such as access and best use of available materials. We can then provide feedback at all stages of the project ensuring any buildability issues are highlighted long before construction works starts. We can offer early contractor involvement at a fixed or hourly rate, giving maximum flexibility for our clients.

Management Plans

We can produce bespoke management plans for rivers, lakes, ponds, grassland, heathland and woodlands. After initial site appraisal and appropriate surveys we produce a phased management plan to ensure a sites objectives are met.

Example geomorphic walkover outputs from an existing designed scheme

Example geomorphic walkover outputs from an existing designed scheme

Geomorphological surveys and assessments

We can undertake surveys, assessments and monitoring of existing and historic geomorphology to support feasibility studies, detailed designs and compliance assessments. This can come in the form of fluvial audits undertaken from a whole catchment to bespoke project scale. Sediment transport equations, stream power assessments, physical biotope mapping and historical channel analyses can all be undertaken to inform and support sustainable geomorphic channel designs. Our knowledge of geomorphic form, process and riverine ecology ensures that we maximise benefits for ecology, amenity and natural flood management through design.


We design and implement monitoring strategies for a wide range of drivers, services include fisheries monitoring, aquatic ecology and water quality monitoring. See our monitoring page for more details.

Consenting and Permitting

Obtaining relevant consents for works can be daunting, even knowing which consents are required can sometimes take considerable time. We are specialists in providing high quality and cost effective applications for a range of environmental permitting and consents. Because we apply for a full range consents on a regular basis we can anticipate any problems that may delay your project and ensure applications are robust. We will liaise with the relevant regulatory body on your behalf, saving you considerable time.

Water framework directive assessment

All waterbodies in the United Kingdom are now protected by the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The principal aim of the directive is to ensure all waterbodies meet good ecological status or ecological potential. Schemes with the potential to reduce the ecological status or ecological potential of a water body may require a WFD Compliance Assessment.

We provide the following services:

  • Data searches and review of River Basin Management Plans
  • Baseline data collection including fisheries, aquatic ecology, water quality, flow and topographical
  • Liaison with regulatory bodies
  • Production of a compliance assessment to evaluate how the proposed works will affect quality elements and WFD status
  • Advise on avoiding negative effects, or providing appropriate mitigation and compensation

Our ecologists are full members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and have experience of carrying out these assessments on a range of watercourses.

We would love to hear from you…

For more information on our Design and Consultancy Services please contact the team on 01722 783041 or email