BNM Alliance to deliver £60m Newark scheme for Severn Trent

Severn Trent has appointed the BNM Alliance to carry out work on its multi-million pound investment to help protect homes in Newark from sewer flooding and ensure the town has a reliable water supply for many decades to come.

The BNM Alliance comprising NMCNomenca and Barhale plc, will deliver the three year, £60 million project, to replace more than 20 kilometres of pipes, which will include a 2.8 metre diameter tunnel travelling beneath Newark’s streets.

Severn Trent’s programme manager Tim Sawyer explained how vital the work is for homes and businesses in the town:

“Newark is expanding rapidly and this is putting pressure on our ageing infrastructure. The existing water and sewer pipes in Newark have been serving the community for many years, but they are simply no longer able to cope with the extra demands being placed on them.”

“The result is an increased risk of interruptions to our customer’s water supply and, more worryingly, an unacceptable increase in the number of sewer flooding incidents. Sewer flooding is one of the worst things that can happen to our customers and we know that there are around 400 properties currently at risk of sewer flooding in the Newark area. This is not acceptable – and that’s why we have to do something about it.”

Commenting on the partnership with Severn Trent, Stuart Proud, managing director of NMCNomenca, a division of North Midland Construction PLC, commented:

“I am absolutely delighted that we are undertaking such an important scheme for our long-standing client Severn Trent. We both recognise how crucial this work is for the people of Newark and we will be working together to make sure we engage with the community every step of the way.”

Dennis Curran, Chairman of Barhale plc added:

“We are delighted to be part of the team to deliver such a strategically important scheme for Severn Trent Water improving the water and waste water infrastructure in Newark. This scheme will again give rise to engagement with the local community allowing a legacy to be left in Newark and the surrounding areas for many years to come.”

The work, which will start later this year, will include a 2.8 metre diameter tunnel from Crankley Point sewage treatment works to the southern end of Millgate and a 1.5 metre diameter tunnel under Queens Road and Sleaford Road.

Severn Trent has also separately confirmed it is planning to invest £6 million in a brand new underground water storage reservoir, and three miles of new water pipes from Cowleigh Road to Lower Wyche in Malvern. The work, which will begin in mid-August, will last for approximately 12 months

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Scottish Water awards £1.6m laboratory services contract

Scottish Water awards £1.6m laboratory services contract

Scottish Water has awarded a contract for laboratory services under its Chemical Investigations Programme (CIP2) worth an estimated £1.6 million.

Scottish Water Scientific Services is required to deliver a programme of analysis arising from the Chemical Investigations programme in Scotland between 2015 and 2017 to understand the impact of priority and priority hazardous substances from sewage treatment works on the environment.

The requirements under the contract include:

  • Waste-water treatment works influent and final effluent monitoring for priority hazardous substances, priority substances and specific pollutants and pharmaceuticals.
  • River water quality analysis up and downstream of the waste water treatment works listed under for priority hazardous substances, priority substances and specific pollutants and pharmaceuticals.
  • Waste-water treatment works sludge monitoring for priority hazardous substances, priority substances and specific pollutants and pharmaceuticals.

Two companies were in the bidding for the two year contract, which has been awarded to Coventry- headquartered firm Als Environmental.

Eurovia UK signs CIHT Charter to improve diversity and inclusion

Eurovia UK is proud to be working with the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) to continue to make, and strengthen the case for diversity and inclusion. Therefore we have signed the Charter to show our commitment to this initiative.

The CIHT has launched the Diversity and Inclusion Charter on National Women in Engineering Day, to help embed a change in culture in the highways and transportation industry.

By signing the Charter, we believe that a commitment to diversity and inclusion is essential and makes business sense as it helps to attract and retain the best talent, it enables us to understand and meet clients’ needs more effectively and so provide a better quality service.

In accordance with the Charter, as a business we will strive to achieve best practice in our recruitment, retention and career progression practices as employers, support the development of good diversity and inclusion practice by collecting and sharing examples of practical activities that contribute to progress with CIHT and other signatories, assign responsibility for meeting our Charter Commitments to a named, senior level individual, work together to develop and adopt future protocols and practice that support the implementation of the aims of this Charter, recognise, respect, capitalise and celebrate contributions from different people to strengthen team performance and display the CIHT diversity and inclusion logo to publically demonstrate our commitment to this agenda.

CIHT launched Routes to Diversity & Inclusions in October 2015. This was the first toolkit designed specifically for and with the Highways and Transportation sector to help employers recruit, retain and develop a diverse workforce. However, CIHT considers the toolkit to be just the first step towards improving the diversity and inclusion culture in highways and transportation to enable the industry to reap the proven business benefits of workplace diversity. By signing the CIHT’s Charter this is a positive next step towards that goal.

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VolkerHighways extend with West Berkshire Council for a further seven years

Following the success of a previous collaboration, West Berkshire Council has awarded VolkerHighways a seven-year public realm contract, worth £10 million per year. The contract will begin on 1st October 2016 and will provide highways, bridges and lighting maintenance services throughout the district. The work will cover some 1,278km of urban and rural highway network.

Working with the Council’s Highways and Transport department, the VolkerHighways team will inspect and maintain the roads, street lights and pavements. They will also undertake improvement schemes, salt the roads and provide a full emergency response service.

VolkerHighways has delivered many successful collaborations with West Berkshire Council in recent years. Since July 2015, the team has been working on a £7.2 million project to upgrade over 10,000 of the district’s street lights with energy efficient LED lamps.

Alistair Thompson, managing director of VolkerHighways said: “We are absolutely delighted by this opportunity to further develop our relationship with West Berkshire Council. We’re particularly pleased to be taking on a project which so directly supports the local communities within the district.”

Councillor Garth Simpson, executive member for Highways and Transport, said: “VolkerHighways have worked with us successfully since 2006 to look after our road network, footpaths and streetlights. It’s important we look after this infrastructure and the contract with VolkerHighways allows us to maintain our roads efficiently and with the best value for our residents.”


Water engineers forced to request police escorts after spate of fire hydrants being set off in soaring temperatures

A high pressure jet of cold water was seen streaming onto the road in Gorton after it was vandalised

Water engineers have been forced to request police escorts following a spate of fire hydrants being set off in soaring temperatures.

And utilities bosses are warning they will take legal action after nine hydrants were illegally activated in Manchester and Salford in just 48 hours.

In one case, police were called out to assist engineers as they tried to repair a leaking fire hydrant in Harpurhey on Sunday night but were abused by an angry crowd.

On the same evening United Utilities were called out to Salford to shut down seven tampered fire hydrants.

And a further incident took place on Monday, as Mancheser was officially Britain’s hottest city with temperatures of 26C.

A high pressure jet of cold water was seen streaming onto the road in Gorton after it was vandalised.

Video footage, captured by Colin Mortimer, shows vehicles being sprayed as litres of water shoot out onto the Gorton Lane.

Water bosses say tampering with fire hydrants causes misery for householders as well as major problems for fire service crews if they need to access an emergency.

United Utilities warned that it would prosecute anyone who tampered with the hydrants.

A spokesman said: “We are grateful to the public for capturing these incidents on video and in pictures and we will use these images as evidence.

“A lot of these fire hydrants are used by the fire service in tackling fires.

“It lowers the water pressure for householders and for the fire service. It’s just mindless vandalism.

“It’s down to the weather at this time of year.

“We would ask our customers to take videos and pictures of any incidents like this and send them to us.”

UU said residents are likely to experience reduced water pressure in their homes until the fault is fixed.

Bosses have warned that anyone found vandalising fire hydrants will be prosecuted and UU will impose statutory powers under the Water Industry Act.

There are currently hundreds of thousands of fire hydrants located across the North West. UU is currently working to roll out ‘anti-tamper devices’ on some hydrants.

Anyone who would like to report an incident of vandalism can call police on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or United Utilities on 0800 330 033.

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