Custard Route jammed with constraints!

Historic overgrown walls

The Ambrosia Creamery at Lifton in Devon required a new section of mains gas pipeline to enhance reliability of supply.  The creamery is known throughout the world for the sweet products that emerge, including Ambrosia Custard.  The new mains gas connection will enable the creamery to reduce its carbon footprint by cutting its reliance on fuel oil, with a local benefit that the number of fuel tankers on local roads will reduce.

The gas pipeline route passes through an environmentally rich area.  It is in a World Heritage Site and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  There are many areas of ancient woodland as well as veteran trees. A disused 19th Century mineral railway line, testament to the area’s industrial heritage, has become an important ecological corridor.  Some of the route could follow existing roads, but in areas it had to deviate to cross other land.

Working with Advisian, TEP was commissioned on this section of pipeline to provide a range of environmental surveys and advice to Wales and West Utilities.  Our historic environment team assessed numerous heritage assets along the corridor and undertook a subsequent watching brief during a section of open cut, recording the profile of a section of banking from the disused mineral railway. Our arborists and ecologists surveyed trees, hedges and grasslands at ‘pinch points’ along the pipeline corridor, identifying veteran trees and potential bat roosts and advising on sensitive working.


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