Clifton Wetlands – transforming waste water management

Constructing Excellence

Clifton Wetlands is a new, integrated constructed wetland (ICW) at Yorkshire Water’s Clifton wastewater treatment works, near Doncaster. It is a ground-breaking project that replaces conventional wastewater treatment processes with a natural, sustainable and low-carbon alternative.

Yorkshire Water (YW), the Environment Agency (EA) and Stantec worked together to create a Nature Based Solution (NBS) to fully replace the existing conventional treatment process serving the village of Clifton, South Yorkshire. Construction was carried out by BarhaleDoosan JV. It is the first project of its type in the UK to be granted Operating Techniques Agreement which enabled a risk sharing approach on site performance between the regulator and YW as the wetland matures to achieve optimal performance over time.


Three Winning Facts:
  1. First Nature Based Solution Wetland for treatment of all wastewater flows in England
  2. First Operating Technical Agreement in the UK
  3. Collaboration – The Regulator, Client, Designers, Contractor, Councils, Community Groups and Lo-cal Residents have collectively delivered a nature based solution demonstrating best practice, with biodiversity net gains, carbon reductions in both Opex and Capex