Stonbury join Yorkshire Water as Platinum Partners for WaterAid

We are pleased to announce our continued support to WaterAid through a Platinum Partnership with Yorkshire Water To commence the first of several WaterAid events, we were delighted to host a table at the Doncaster Races this May.  Thank you to Yorkshire Water for organising a great event, we look forward to joining and supporting WaterAid activity throughout the year.

The British Dam Society - Supervising Engineers’ Forum

Stonbury we’re delighted to attend and present at the British Dam Society’s 13th biennial Supervising Engineers’ Forum earlier on the 27th April 2017 The forum successfully brought together industry reservoir specialists and supervising engineers, for insights and discussions on industry topics from incidents and on-site plans to maintenance and repair, through to the application process. James Stonor, Managing Director, presented under the Assessment, Maintenance and Repairs session for Concrete Repairs in Service Reservoirs. For any questions following the forum or copies of our presentation, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Stonbury Awarded Framework with Severn Trent Water

Stonbury have operated as the incumbent cleaning and minor remedial works Framework contractor for Severn Trent Water since 2013 successfully delivering inspection assistance, scope recommendations, minor remedial works and subsequent cleaning and chlorination of water delivery and water production structures throughout the Severn Trent network. Through the inspection process, Severn Trent identified the need for more substantial repairs to update their asset base and so started a tender process in December 2016 for a DSR Major Repairs Arrangement for a 12 month period (with an option to extend for 6 months) from April 2017 onwards. The agreement was to ensure that Severn Trent Water had dedicated supply chain delivery partners, commercially assessed within the market, to deliver an enhanced programme of major repairs. After an intensive 3 month tendering process where we were extensively challenged to think laterally and developing sustainable, yet strong efficiency delivery models, Stonbury are delighted to have been awarded the Framework on a sole supplier basis and this award hugely supports our ongoing growth plans for the regional ‘Green Team’ who are responsible for delivery of the Framework. The Green Team, currently based at the Severn Trent Melbourne WTW are near to opening their new regional office, based in Derby, which has been specifically chosen for it’s ability to cater client hot-desking and meeting facilities, which will no doubt reinforce and build on the already strong working relationship between Stonbury and Severn Trent Water. The delivery and commercial model developed for the DSR programme is also being offered over the Severn Trent wider infrastructure network, we are excited to see what new challenges that may bring.  

More than just reservoir refurbishments

Over the last few months one of the most common phrases heard from our clients has been 'I didn't realise you did that!'  Whilst refurbishment of reservoirs are one of our many specialisms and an extremely important part of our business, we also offer so much more. Our full range of services are detailed within our website but briefly, over the last 12 months we have successfully delivered projects as diverse as sample tap replacement programmes, pipework alterations, culvert repairs, impounding reservoir spillway rehabilitation and access staircase programmes to reservoir embankments  For a more comprehensive presentation of what Stonbury offer, we are currently delivering a series of 'Lunch and Learn' seminars to our clients. The interaction and discussion that these events generate, allows our clients to consider the efficient delivery of any others works to a refurbishment. Whilst our teams are already onsite, the utilisation of our complete range of services offers time and costs saved, where previously multiple contractors would be employed over an extended period of time. This also allows for any disruption to the public during the works, to be kept to a minimum. If anyone is interested in having a Lunch and Learn please do not hesitate to contact us.  Jon Featherstone - Delivery Director

A Stonbury Milestone - Our first new build reservoir

As the Reservoir Refurbishment Framework Contractor for South Staffordshire Water, we acquired the opportunity to tender for the design and build of a 10Mg potable water storage point at SSW’s Outwoods site, on the outskirts of Burton on Trent The site had earlier planning permission in 2014 for a new build reservoir on the footprint of Reservoir No 1, which had passed its life and was beyond economic repair, however the demolition and construction project of this tank was postponed due to other operational priorities within the South Staffordshire network. The option of the construction of an alternative Reservoir was considered and chosen to ensure the continued supply of potable water to the local area. The tender process involved a high level of optioneering of all possible solutions, including temporary tanks, steel tanks, GRP tanks and the preferred, a hybrid solution for a reinforced concrete structure, which included pre-cast concrete columns and roof structure. This was offered as the most cost effective solution regarding whole life costs and design life, delivered to a very challenging programme. Stonbury were delighted to be awarded the contract and have subsequently completed the detailed design stage which developed the outline design, submitted at tender stage. After a very quick mobilisation on site, we have made a very impressive start to the scheme with the excavation and preparation for the floor slab completed in a matter of weeks. Our Delivery Director responsible for South Staffordshire Water, Jonathan Perryman, comments “to meet such a challenging return to service date of the beginning of July 2017, it was critical to build on the already strong relationship held between Stonbury and South Staffordshire Water. It is wonderful to see the Outwoods delivery team growing from strength to strength on what seems a daily basis and all with the same common goal at the heart of the team. This will enable, I have no doubt, the successful delivery of South Staffordshire’s ultimate business needs of supplying continued wholesome drinking water to their clients – the public.” Due to the residential nature of the site location, South Staffordshire Water have undertaken letter drops and meetings with local businesses and schools to keep them informed. The project delivery team have also set up a Community Portal system, this allows members of the public to follow the scheme and to communicate directly with the delivery team, asking any questions they may have. The Community Portal address is https://outwoods.stonbury.com for those that are interested in following this exciting and challenging project. Key Facts 10MG Storage Requirement Return to Service date of cell is early July 2017 and including all site works and overall programme of 28 weeks Over 350 tonnes of reinforcement in construction Over 2000 tonnes of concrete in construction Over 15000 tonnes of spoil removal in construction, 100% of which will remain on site and reinstated over the new reservoir once completed and set to grass

Stonbury rise to the challenge

Over the years almost every one our clients at one time or another have had issues with their assets that require urgent assistance at extremely short notice. Recently we were asked by one of our clients for help to work within a reservoir that had not been drained for many years due to supply issues that arise when the tank is out of service An internal inspection had revealed the existing joint material was breaking down and as such the asset was not able to be immediately returned to service. Plans were put in place on a Thursday to mobilise 9no men to work both Saturday and Sunday to prepare and lay approaching 500m of overbanding material. Despite initial problems on the Saturday morning with plant deliveries, we were able to fulfil our obligation and complete the work as required. Heating was also installed within the tank to strictly control the temperature within the structure to ensure that the shortest possible timescale was required before the tank could be returned to service to minimise risk to the water supply to the surrounding area. This included overnight security to ensure that the tank remained secure and the equipment was not tampered with which would potentially affect the cure of the materials. Emergencies such as this are a constant reminder that the dedication and hard work of all our staff ensures our clients can have the peace of mind that when help is needed, it is always available no matter what the circumstances.