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By Steven Cruse

Good morning everyone.   I hope you're all enjoying the weather in these difficult times. Just a quick update about the scheme, the works are progressing very well and we are currently on programme despite the ongoing difficulties regarding COVID 19. I'm pleased to say that with the measures we have in place we have not been effected by the pandemic and all of the workforce on the project are safe and well.   Many thanks and stay safe   Steven Cruse

By Kevin McGargle

Good afternoon all Just a brief update on the works at Whitton in Rothbury and the planned works ahead. 1. We are commencing the sinking of the new pumping station shaft at the main compound area on monday 10th August for the next 4 weeks, next week you will see an increase of vehicle movements in and out for this operation early in the week and at the back end of the week when we have concrete deliveries. 2. The works in Whitton village will be complete today in the field areas, we have tarmac reinstatement ongoing in Murray gardens to the trench in the highway to where we have been working in the field, we will still be present in this area for our compound facilities. 3. On Monday 10th August for the next 5 weeks we will be switching the road closure to cater for installing the new sewer in the highway on Silverton lane, please be mindful of the TM signage in the area. i have attached a couple of photographs of interest. Kind Regards Kevin McGargle - Site Manager Holiday cover to the current site manager.

By Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good afternoon All, some good news we are almost nearing the end of embankment work. We still have several activities to complete before we leave site but now the embankment works are nearly done the number of wagons using Linden Avenue access will significantly reduce. We have work to complete on Linden Avenue which includes the resurfacing of the road. We do not have a exact date for this but will be in contact with the affected residents in due course. We are still working towards an end of September completion. the team and I would like to thank you for your continued patience and understanding while we carry out these essential works. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch at SarahJayne.Vickers@JNBentley.co.uk or alternatively us the contact us link at the top of this page. Thank you. Sarah

By Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good morning all, the team and I would like to thank you for your continued patience and understanding while we carry out these essential works. Work on the underground surface water storage tank in the verge of Prince of Wales Close is progressing well and over the next few days you will see a large number of storage ‘crates’ being installed in the large excavation we have open. These ‘crates’ will be wrapped in a waterproof membrane which will then be welded to form a watertight seal. Once these are installed, we will begin to backfill above the storage tank and subsequently complete the tie in drainage either end of the tank. I have added a few pictures showing the excavations. Unfortunately, on West Ave, we located a water main within our excavations that required localised diversions to allow us to continue with our drainage work. Please accept our apology for the short disruption to the water supply while we completed these diversions. With the water mains now diverted, we are continuing with our planned drainage work, however, due to the unexpected and unplanned nature of the water main diversions, this has had an impact on our progress. We are currently one week behind on our programme and while we will look to make up time as we progress, at this stage, we now expect to be complete and have the road re-opened by Friday 4th September. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch at SarahJayne.Vickers@JNBentley.co.uk or alternatively us the 'contact us' link at the top of this page. Thanks Sarah 

By Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good afternoon all, After successful completion of our surface water separation scheme and flow control chamber that formed phase 2 of our essential works in Durham; we are now due to commence the Third, and final phase, Walkergate and Old Elvet Storage. Walkergate This week we have started removal of existing feature fencing and replacement task fencing at Walkergate, off Freemans place where we will be looking to install a new Combined Sewer Outfall (CSO) to mediate flows in the network. This will be equipped with a weir wall, a penstock valve and static screens to help achieve outputs governed by the Environment Agency (EA) and to hit a committed target of decreasing spills by April 2021. You should see the rather handsome Heron stature ‘take flight’ in the next fortnight as we remove it to a temporary nesting site within the old Durham Light Infantry museum whilst we carry out these essential works. We hope that the works at Walkergate will take around 14 weeks to complete and will include some nightshift work as we cross Freeman’s place and carry out some delicate work around live services and with live flows. We’ll keep you posted on this accordingly. Old Elvet Storage Moving onto Old Elvet, we’ll be taking possession of the roadside closest to the Royal County Hotel from Monday 10th August in order to install some 1200mmØ storage pipes. We’ll be adapting the current traffic management carried out by Balfour Beatty and Durham County Council to form 3-way traffic signals whilst we carry out these works which we expect to take around 12 – 14 weeks, click here to view the TM plan. Hopefully the ground won’t throw up as many surprises as the most recent endeavour, which despite its challenges has finished ahead of schedule – Thank you very much for your patience whilst we’ve been here, and hopefully we’ll leave with a few more successes under our belts and many more friends. As ever, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at Colin.Butler@JNBentley.co.uk or SarahJayne.Vickers@JNBentley.co.uk or alternatively us the contact us link at the top of this page. Thanks

By Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good afternoon All, we would like to give you an update with our ongoing work at Washington STW. On Wednesday 5th August we will be starting to use a mobile concrete crusher for up to 4 days, to recycle 900 tons of concrete from our demolition work onsite. Once this material has been crushed this will be used as subbase for our foundations on various infrastructures on the project. If we were to export this material from site it would take approximately 45 wagon journeys traveling on average of 17 miles each way, by cutting out these wagon journeys it reduces our carbon footprint by approximately 4195kg of CO2 emissions.   I have included a picture of the crusher that we will be using onsite. Thanks Sarah 

By Christine Taylor

Good morning, Not the best start to the week with the damp weather, however I have been promised sunshine later in the week.  Fingers crossed! The site team have advised me that they will be working late again this week to allow working with the tidal times.  They expect to be working anytime up to 8pm every night, but we will keep you informed as the week progresses. As always, please let us know if you have any concerns or simply want to discuss our works by commenting on this post or calling on 03457 171100. Have a great week. Christine

By Joan Tatters

Hello, Jason and the team have been taking advantage of the great weather......... Otterburn is about complete, all the final modifications are done and now just going through the final testing before everything goes into service Rochester is progressing along nicely, the base slab was poured yesterday in preparation of the new building. The team are continuing with concrete slabs for the new electrial kiosk, the genrator slab and CO2 kiosk. Then they can start the pipework and ductwork. Here are a few photos.  

By Steven Cruse

Hi Everyone,   we've now been onsite for almost 4 months now and work is progressing very well despite the issues we all face with COVID 19. we've managed to reinvent our work practices to maintain social distancing and keep things going onsite. Every person working on the site gets there temperature taken before they start works every day and we have sanitiser throughout the site   Anyone with any questions please drop me a line   Kind regards   Steven Cruse

By Joan Tatters

Morning All, Just a short but sweet update...... The potable water main installation went ahead last week so the the traffic lights were removed as promised on Friday. The team are currently installing pipe work. Next week there will be some piling work starting for approximately one week. I'm off on holiday for two weeks later this week so I will catch up with you all on my return however, any news/progress my colleague Sarah will keep you in the loop. Don't forget please feel free to ask us any questions, we will be only too happy to help.    

By Christine Taylor

Good afternoon, Following our update yesterday, we would also like to inform customers that we will have a Footpath Closure and diversion in place on Beach Road.  This is to allow our final stage of work to be carried out safely.  The closure will be in place from Monday 20 July to Friday 24 July 2020, from 9.00-15.30, during these times please follow the diversion in place. We have posted the traffic management plan, which show our diversion on our planned work section. Have a great weekend. Christine

By Christine Taylor

Good afternoon, Adam, our Senior Engineer on site has sent through a progress update. Our landscapers have been working this week; harrowing and stone picking from the school down to basin 7, the east end of site. The seeding is to commence either Thursday or Friday.  The fencing has been stripped from whitecliff path back to site entrance, by the back of morrisons carpark. Our team have started to reinstate the path and pin kerbs to whitecliff path and will start to reinstate the Beach Road site entrance.  All of this works should be completed next Thursday.  The landscaping works shoud be completed by next Friday, except tree planting, which will be autumn time. We will be demobing the compound at the Leisure centre next Friday 24th July 2020. I hope everyone has a nice weekend and we will provide a further update next week. Christine
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