Technical Resources

Restoration Assessment Schedule - The Restoration Assessment Schedule has been developed with the intention of guiding restoration groups through the necessary steps to successfully restore a derelict waterway to navigation. It will not be applicable in its entirety to all waterway restoration projects, but should serve as a useful template for new and existing organisations. It will allow them to review their strategy and establish tactical plans to ensure they focus their limited resources effectively. It covers the process in six milestone documents from initial identification and assessment through to post-restoration long term sustainability.

Planning Guide - A key element in all restoration projects is liaising with the relevant planning authorities, both to protect the line of the waterway and to apply for planning permission for restoration works. As this has been an area of significant regulatory changes in recent years Edward Gittens, one of IWA's honorary planning consultants, has written a Planning Guide with an overview of the Localism Act in November 2011 and the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework in March 2012.

IWA Technical Restoration Handbook - Each chapter has been written by an expert or specialist in the relevant field. Includes information about funding waterway restoration, management, benefits, legal aspects, waterside properties, restoration methods, leisure facilities, transport crossings, Town & Country Planning, wildlife conservation  Museum, Visitor and Heritage Centres and water management. Find out more

WRG Practical Restoration Handbook - Put together by IWA's Waterway Recovery Group and includes information on health and safety, site management, leadership skills, plant, excavators, vehicles & trailers, hand tools, vegetation clearance, towing paths, bank protection, demolition, scaffolding, brickwork, concreting and dewatering. Find out more

Funding Toolkit - Together with Canal & River Trust, we have produced a funding toolkit to help you when applying for funding. You will find sections on governance, types of funding, writing applications and how to move forward once the decision has been made. Download your funding toolkit.

Slipway Design - Need to plan a slipway into your restoration scheme? IWA has put together some technical slipway design documents. Find out more

Winding Hole Specification - notes suggesting basic minimum requirements when considering future provision for winding holes. Find out more

Expert Advice

IWA also has the services of a range of experts, including honorary consultant engineers, who can assist with detailed technical matters.

If you would like to be put in touch with one of the advisory engineers please contact Jenny Black at Head Office in the first instance.