Stonbury are immensely proud to be supporting our clients across the UK at such a crucial time and have been designated as 'key workers' by DEFRA and the UK water utility companies. Our teams are working tirelessly to help secure and maintain drinking water supplies, ensuring clean and safe drinking water is provided without interruption to critical services such as our hospitals as well as the general public. Now more than ever, the safety and wellbeing of our staff is of the utmost importance and we have adapted our safe working practices to ensure social distancing precautions are in place and that the correct hygiene practices are being followed. Safety is our priority, and we endeavour to make sure everyone at Stonbury goes home safe to their family.
Scope of works:
Once all relevant permits had been obtained and service locating duties were carried out, the topsoil was stripped back, and the setting out and excavation works were completed. A detailed temporary works feasibility study was required for the NTF pumping station due to the requirement for an excavation depth greater than three meters. This evolved into a temporary works design prior to installation. Formwork and steel reinforcement was used for the MCC kiosk base and NFT pumping station, followed by a concrete pour for each base.
Precast concrete rings were then installed with a concrete jacket surround to complete the pumping station. The area was backfilled at each level, and the temporary shoring was removed along the way. Alongside the structure, the new valve chamber was constructed and backfilled before deep excavations for the pipelines began. Vacuum excavation was used in some areas to ensure the team encountered zero strikes over the live power, water and chemical dosing services.
On completion of the final excavation works, the pipework was installed to connect all of the new structures and the new duct runs and storm return rising mains were installed across the site. This was a challenging task due to a large number of charted and uncharted services that were set at shallow depths. The team also constructed several road extensions, which were completed with the installation of road formation and kerbs and a tarmac finish.
The scope of the project involved approximately 2000m3 of soil to be removed from site, however, Stonbury proposed screening this on-site using a riddle bucket attachment to produce topsoil that could be re-used for dressing. Not only did this approach result in savings both in terms of disposal costs and topsoil import costs, but the client was also delighted with the efforts to reduce carbon emissions and support their waste recycling KPI.
The site works were undertaken whilst operating within a live WWTW, this made planning the works particularly difficult as the client could not provide access to multiple areas of the site at any given time. However, despite this and the suspension of works in March 2020 due to Covid-19, works were delivered in line with the contract programme and to the client’s satisfaction.