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By Mark Robinson

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Afternoon everyone, Works are progressing well along Farringdon Row and so far, we have finished carrying out trial holes to two of the three areas quicker than we thought. Hopefully that continues!! We started outside the Timber Supplies and Kings Arms pub at the bottom of Farringdon on the 10th September. Completing 4 trial holes from kerb to kerb enabling our design team to pick a route for the new pipe through this stretch. Completing ahead of schedule, Sunderland City Council kindly agreed to let us move to the top of Farringdon early. We are currently situated behind Currys PC World, JD Gym and Halfords and have finished the excavating and recording of findings. The road will be backfilled and reinstated this week before we move back down Farringdon to the middle section, outside the B & Q delivery entrance. This will allow access back into the retail park car park from the A1231, avoiding a diversion along Beach St. We should be working on Farringdon for another 2 to 3 weeks, closing the section of road I mention above. Thereafter, we'll be moving across to Deptford Terrace, starting trial holes outside Willowcrete and making our way through to Hanover Place. The trial holes provide us with vital information to further design the new pipe and components, most importantly it's position, in what proves to be a very busy corridor of buried pipes, cables and ducts. It also allows us to locate pipes and cables which we need to avoid, in order to ensure the safety of our workforce and avoid any disruption to nearby businesses and residents. Also, you'll find us on Deptford Terrace just off the Queen Alexander bridge from 1st October as we install the initial connection in the verge. This shouldn't have any great affects on the carriageway or access further along the road. I've attached a few photos to show you where we are and some of our findings and will continued to provide further updates as we progress. I'd like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding. Mark

By Christine Taylor

The news is great!!!! Our team have worked extremely hard and all the work is now finished. The bridge is now open We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their patience and understanding whilst we carried out these repairs. Have a great weekend Christine

By Christine Taylor

Good afternoon, Good News Today we have laid the final course of the tarmac, and 'USL' have attended and started the joint to the bridge.  This will be completed in the morning and a final tidy up of the area.  The traffic management is due to removed later tomorrow allowing us to reopen the bridge on Sunday 23 September 2018 at 9am. My next update will be when the bridge reopens. Thank you once again for your patience and understanding. Christine

By Christine Taylor

Good afternoon, We have attended site this afternoon and hand deliver a letter to local residents, from both Northumbrian Water and Esh-MWH.  I have copied the letter below for residents who live further afield. The letter explains that we have experienced further challenges that have resulted in a further delay.  Our works will now be completed by the end of December 2018. We would like to offer our sincere apologies for the undoubted inconvenience this further work will cause. Regards Christine      

By Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone Bobby on site has provided me with an update on this week's progress. Obviously, with the high winds and rain, it has been a challenging week for the lads, but we have continued to make progress laying the pipes through the Kier Depot. Next we will start digging the excavation for the drive pit in preparation for the Pipe Jacking that we mentioned in the last update. We have also had a review of our design this week, so hope to start excavating the second drive pit off Station Road next week. I've attached a few photos of work this week, kindly provided by Bobby Thanks Tony

By Christine Taylor

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Good evening, Another update from the site team; The base course and plaining has been completed for the wearing course to be laid in the morning. Following the surfacing tomorrow, a company by the name of 'USL' will attend site to carry out remedial work to the joint from the road to the bridge.  This should be completed the same day.  Fingers crossed the weather does not impact on our works. Once again I have been provided with some photos of todays work. I will be back tomorrow. Christine

By Anthony Birkett

HI Everyone Work is continuing at Park View. I've been past today to see how we are doing and attach a couple of photos. As you can see, the area has been landscaped and seeded and our fencing and gates removed. As previously stated, we will soon be reinstating our temporary entrance - returning it to how it was before we arrived, not long til we finish now! I'll keep you posted with how we are doing. Regards Tony

By Joan Tatters

Good Afternoon, Hope you have recovered from storm "Ali" yesterday. Thank you for those of you who visited me yesterday, it was lovely to chat to you. Village Site As there isn't anyway to say this but I am sorry to have the break the news.....the road closure will be extended to 21 October. It was always our intention to remove the road closure at the end of this month however, sadly due to the ongoing exceptional ground conditions and in particular the strength of the rock it has frustratingly hindered our progress. I can assure you it is not a decision we have taken lightly as the rock strength is even baffling the professionals. More blastings will take place this week, we are hopeful we should have a way forward hopefully to day with a different blast pattern for the rest of the works. The normal H&S procedure will apply during the blasts. The shaft at the pumping station is up and out of the ground at long last and is being surrounded in concrete. The Mill drainage works are ongoing and the drainage across the old pumping station is complete with the exception of the tie ins at the manhole and the outfall. The river crossing is complete and the temporary dam has now been removed. Rock in the road is still causing issues along with running sand but we are battling on. The seawall works are ongoing and will be about 80% complete by mid to end of October Top Site The drainage through the easement up the field to the Lagoons is staring on Monday next week and the bulk of the earthworks to the Lagoons are 80% complete Thank you all once again for you patience and co-operation    

By Christine Taylor

Good evening, We have been provided another update from our site team.  Today we have installed the higher kerbs on the roadside today and set the manhole covers within the carriageway. Tomorrow will see the beginning of the surfacing works to the carriageway with the base been laid, followed by the plaining in the afternoon. The final course will be laid on Friday morning. We are getting very close to the end now. Glad to hear the high winds did not stop our team from working to programme. Christine

By Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone I was recently in Ovingham informing those nearby of our next stage of work. From Monday 24 September 2018 we will be working in the verge between Dene Garth and Horsley Road which will result in two-way traffic lights on Horsely Road. The work will be completed withing 3 weeks. Cheers Tony

By Christine Taylor

Our daily update as promised. The ootpath reinstated and now open. Please mind the speed bump.... This is a temporary measure to protect a water pipe installed to keep people connected to the water main following the burst. This will be removed when the water main is operational again. We will be back tomorrow with a further update. Christine    

By Joan Tatters

Good Morning, I thought it timely to introduce our team who will be conducting the work at North Bank on behalf of Northumbrian Water Group. We are Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) and we have been working alongside NWG for some considerable time now and we are pleased to be starting this project on Monday 24th September.  We do recognise there will be some disruption to the residents however our team are very experienced with this kind of situation and they will ensure the impact will be kept to a minimum at all times. Every week I will be calling in to see how the project is developing and our team will continually liaise with you direct most probably daily so please feel free to ask us any questions you may have. So here goes......the team......... Peter Owen   -  Site Manager, Peter will be looking after the day to day operations of the project James Dowell  -  Site Engineer, James has helped to design the work so you will see him from time to time. Joan Tatters  -  Customer Liaison Officer, and I will be on site Wednesday afternoons for the full duration of the project. I will post the project update every week to keep you all informed of the progress, however should you want to ask any questions you can always blog here on the portal or click the "Contact Us" button. We are looking forward to working in this beautiful part of the region. See you all soon  
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