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By Sarah Jayne Parvin

Good afternoon, we want to make you aware that we will be doing the second concrete pour on Thursday, 13th May.   We are pouring the second floor of the three Final Settlement Tanks, placing 170m3 concrete to form the base. We still have one more to complete and will notify you ahead of the work. We expect the shift to run into the night as the concrete needs to set to a point where it can be walked on, and power floated to give a smooth finish. There will be some low-level lighting equipment on-site that provide safe access/egress to the works area and noise when the power float is used throughout the shift. I have included some pictures below of the last concrete pour. You can comment below or use the ‘contact us’ option above to speak to one of the team. Thank you for your patience during this time. Sarah

By Nick Warner

Hello I just wanted to provide a further update regarding our work in Hepscott. The good news is that the major construction work at the site is now complete. As you may have noticed, our supply partner ESH, have been on site since early last week. They are currently working on the installation of land drainage to the bottom of our works. Once this is complete, reinstatement work will follow. At this point in time, we anticipate that reinstatement will commence on Monday, 24 May 2021 and is scheduled to be complete by 28 May 2021. In the meantime, Esh have confirmed that the topsoil that we intend to use for the reinstatement work will be delivered next week, during 18 & 19 May. The delivery itself will be via heavy vehicle – approximately five loads - over the two days noted, to deliver approximately 100 tonnes of topsoil. As always, our aim will be to ensure any disruption to residents is kept to a minimum. As with my previous updates, these timescales remain weather dependent, especially bearing in mind current conditions. Whilst we remain confident of meeting these expectations, the topsoil we intend to use will require favourable weather. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by contacting our Customer Centre by telephone on 0345 717 1100. Please ask to speak with a member of the project team. You can also leave comments on this site, but please be aware they are not constantly monitored and so we may not be able to respond as quickly to contact via this method. Kind regards Nick Warner Customer Care Manager  

By Christine Taylor

Good morning, I last made contact back in 2018, so I thought it would be great to reintroduce our project team for the Esh Winning project, with a few changes to our original team.. As you will be aware, Chris Bond is the new Project Manager from Northumbrian Water overseeing the scheme. Now let me introduce our Esh Stantec team, we are the contract partners who will be carrying out the works. My name is Christine Taylor, the Customer Service Manager working for Esh Stantec, on behalf of Northumbrian Water.  Back in May 2018, I met a few local residents when we held a community event at 'Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish Centre'. One of my team has been out knocking on doors this week introducing herself, Becky Gartland.  Becky is our Community Liaison Officer for this scheme, and will be contactable throughout our works.  Over the next five months, you will see both me and Becky on site, please feel free to come and introduce yourself and ask any questions you may have, alternatively you can post messages here on the portal. Mark Nicholson, is the Contracts Manager for the scheme working for Esh Stantec. Mark will oversee the progress of works on site, upgrading and upsizing the sewerage system including the installation of the new pumping station.  Steve Boyd is our Project Manager for the project, he will be working on site throughout the duration of the work; overseeing the daily operations of the scheme delivery.  Steve is always on hand to assist if you have any queries that require immediate attention. As you know the works start on Monday 17 May, when our team will be on site to set up our compound area.  If you have any queries, you can either contact us direct or post on the portal and we will respond in a timely manner. Speak soon. Christine

By Joan Tatters

Good Morning All, There has been a lot of activity with the buildings these last few weeks, here is a brief update on what's been going on:- Treatment building: - The subcontractors have continued installing the cabling within the building and MCC room. They have installed the point/vent pipework to the outside of the building to the relevant kiosk positions. The power on the caustic kiosk has gone ahead as well as the piping up of the break tank and booster pump setup.The pipework between the vessels have also been installed. All this means is we can start to dry commission and fill vessel 1 for flush testing  ..............so watch this space! Pump station –  The first test passed! Again lots of prep cables installed to the pumps, turned pumps to check spinning orientation is working correct, went well which again means we are ready for water test. Contact tank – the east contact and west balance tank passed drop test. Filled opposing sides. Waste Water Settlement Tank – More installation of valves on the inlet pipes including all the cabling.   Thanks again for your understanding during our works    

By Shafqat Akbar

Hello everyone. The site teams are moving into the next phase of the project. In this update, I want to tell you about the works that our sites have started. We are preparing to start the "shaft sinking" operation shortly. This is a major element of the work that we are carrying out during the pumping station refurbishment and upgrade works. These works will take about three months to complete. The new shaft is approximately 5m in diameter and 10m deep.The shaft will consist of a cofferdam, collar and rings. There will be a 2.3m base at the bottom of the new shaft. The shaft will be constructed using a "push and dig" method. We will not be using a dewatering system on site to manage the water table at the shaft sinking location. The excavated material will be excavated below the water table and allowed to dry out on site before it is taken off-site. Our management team are ensuring all the covid-19 controls are still in place. We are supporting the NHS campaign of "Hands Face Space" on site. We have a number of hand sanitising stations and there is a policy of wearing face masks in the office and site where a social distance of 2m cannot be maintained.

By Shafqat Akbar

Hello everyone. In this update, I want to share the good progress our site teams have made on mechanical, civils, commissioning and steelwork operations at a number of locations on site. We have installed the pre-lime kiosk, mixer tanks and the compressor. Our teams have substantially completed the mechanical and electrical connections to the new equipment.  We are progressing with commissioning the load cells beneath the lime silo and the mixer tanks. We have also commissioned the new compressor. Our civils team is continuing with the civils and infrastructure work at the site perimeter. We have fabricated the steelwork and will start to install the steelwork in the post-lime lime chamber. Our site teams are working on several fronts and are making good progress. 

By Shafqat Akbar

Hello everyone. In today's update, I want to share how our site teams are managing the environmental impact our works may have on the local environment and on our neighbours. Before we started any works on site, our site team and Northumbrian Water carried out Environment Impact assessments. We investigated how the site operations could impact on the Nature Reserve and on our neighbours. We agreed the control measures with the Northumbrian Water management team.  There are no bats or great crested newts in the area of the works. There are no nesting birds in the Northumbrian Water compound area but there are nesting birds in the lake and nature reserve areas. There are no invasive or pernicious species to worry about. We have liaised closely with the North Tyneside park ranger. There have not been any issues or concerns.  We continue to monitor the area around the works to ensure we can mitigate any effects on the local wildlife or environment.

By Shafqat Akbar

Hello everyone. In today's update, I want to concentrate on the works we are carrying out next to one of the water main in the south east quadrant of the Horsley site. We are carrying out piling operations before we start on the connection works. We have designed and constructed a piling platform. This is to take the weight of the piling plant and equipment when we start constructing the piles. This platform will also take the pressures the piling plant and equipment will impose on the ground. The piling platform is constructed from well compacted granular material laid on top of a geogrid support.  To construct the concrete pile, we will be cutting through clay, augering through the sandstone strata and drilling through boulders. The equipment we will be using is powered by compressed air. The plant to generate this pneumatic power has been set up on site next to the works area. We carried out pre-start ground investigation surveys to determine the type of ground present at the piling location. Our team is prepared to auger and drill trhough the different types of ground that we expect to encounter. This photo shows the augers that are used to drill through cohesive material. Our site teams are monitoring noise levels and vibration levels at the works area and at the site boundaries. There are no concerns regarding noise or vibration. Our site operations are progressing well. We have constructed several reinforced concrete piles and we expect to finish our piling operations in line with our programme.

By Christine Taylor

Good morning, The sun is shining this morning but I am now sure how long for.  Let's hope it stays like this for the weekend, but I have my doubts! The team on site have provided me with an update of the works they have carried out so far, and the plans going forward.  I thought it would be great to share this with our customers. So far our team have -  Constructed the site access (Track B) to the south side of Carl Beck Watercourse including cut and fill to existing embankment Installed the temporary road bridge to Eastern access across Carl Beck Watercourse Commenced construction of site access to the north side of Carl Beck Watercourse Completed the installation of Stockproof fencing to create boundary fence to adjacent landowners land. Dismantled the existing Dry Stone Wall for re-use on site Removed the trees and shrubs ahead of general construction activities on site. Installed safety edge protection to southern embankment Upcoming works -  Topsoil strip to the Track B access road north of Carl Beck Watercourse Construction of Track B access road Subject to approval – Engineering Survey of land ahead of Track A construction works Ecology works to install a series of BAT boxes and Bird Boxes to existing Woodland area Have a lovely weekend and I hope the weather is kind to us all. Christine

By Christine Taylor

Good morning, I have spoken to our site team and they have explained that they are still working on site due to delays in material deliveries.  As you may be aware this is a nationwide issue for many products at the minute.  They have now received all materials and hope to have completed the works by next Friday. As always, please contact me if you wish to discuss our works. Have a lovely weekend. Christine

By Gabrielle Ward

Newby, Middlesbrough Hello, This update is a thank you to the residents and parish council of Newby Village for their patience and cooperation during our essential maintenance work to the sewerage network, which took place on the village green in January. We are pleased to inform you that the reinstatement work is now complete. However, we plan to return in the upcoming months to carry out maintenance cuts on the grass once it is in condition to do so. I'm sure most of you will have been and had a seat on the new bench which has been donated by Northumbrian Water and MMB to show our appreciation for your continued understanding and support throughout the duration of our work.  We also donated some flowers which the Parish Council have now planted around the bench.  Once again, thank you for allowing us to complete the work safely. If you do have any further questions, please feel free to leave a comment below or use the "contact" button at the top of the page. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Kind Regards, The Northumbrian Water Project Team    

By Peter Greenan

Hi, My Name is Peter Greenan and I am taking over the Role of Project Manager for Northumbrian Water.  A big thank you to my colleague Paul Davison who has done all the hard work on this project and has now handed it over to me for the final design and construction phase of the project.  I will be happy to answer any queries that you may have along with my Team Partner Sarah Jayne Parvin who will also continue to provide project updates.  The next step in the project is to carry out some existing condition assessments of properties and if your house requires an assessment we will contact you separately.  I hope that is OK for now but if not or you have any queries then please post here. Thank you. Peter
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