Foxton Locks, a prime location on England's waterways, is famous for its flight of locks and the Foxton Inclined Plane - a pioneering boat lift opened at the start of the 20th century to speed the flow of traffic.
The inclined plane is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) and all of the locks are listed. Halcrow has been providing specialist support to British Waterways in developing designs that are appropriate and in keeping with the unique historic nature of the site.
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Halcrow celebrated a triple project win at the 2009 Waterways Renaissance Awards run by The Waterways Trust and British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA). The awards recognise best practice in sustainable waterway regeneration and development throughout the UK.
In the video above Peter Soulsby (MP for Leicester South), Roland Grzybek (Halcrow) and Richard Cox (Environment Agency) talk about the projects and Halcrow's success at the awards.
During the five years’ development of the 20 acre site in South Leicestershire, Halcrow provided specialist support to client British Waterways, developing designs appropriate to its uniquely historic nature.
Our design work includes:
- works to replenish water and stabilise the embankment
- production of a schedule of repair works for the bottom basin walls
- provision of a replacement timber access walkway and raised viewing platforms to aid visitor interpretation
- provision for disabled access around the site wherever possible