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Durham City Sewer Network Improvements

We are planning work to improve the performance of the sewer network in Durham City and improve your environment.

Project updates

Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good afternoon everyone, 

I have been for a walk on site today and witnessed several pedestrians attempting to walk through our working area down at the Elvet Waterside, distracted by their mobile phones.

We have a temporary footpath diversion in place that is funnelling pedestrians from Baths Bridge through the University carpark and onto Territorial Lane. Please take note of the signage that is there for your safety, please stick to the footpath.

Did you know?

13% of people have walked into someone or something while checking their mobile phone, with the figure rising to 43% for younger generations.

Don’t be a Smombie, stay safe.

Thanks 

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Update by Colin Butler

Good Afternoon everyone,

I thought I'd take the opportunity to introduce myself whilst I'm sitting in the office listening to the torrential rain.

I'm Colin and I will be the Mott Macdonald Bentley (MMB) Site Agent managing the Durham project on behalf of NWG. Some of you may remember me from our project in Flass Vale last year. This sheme, along with Flass Vale is part of a Civil Engineering solution to remedy potential pollution events within the Durham City catchment area. 

You'll see that we have made a start on Elvet Waterside, which is currently closed whilst we create a new outfall to transfer surface water flows (such as the substantial volumes falling right now) into the River Wear. Most of Durham still has both sewage and surface water running through the same underground network and we, along with NWG will be separating the Two in order to give a cleaner, safer and altogether more manageable solution to what is a real growing problem.

The more our cities and populations grow, the more roofs we build and hardstanding surfaces such as carparks and driveways, the more rainfall our antiquated drainage network has to deal with. You can definitely all help in your own way too! Please remember that nothing other than toilet paper should go down your loo! and also that wet wipes are the devil!

Can I please add a cautionary note regarding Elvet Waterside. We currently have a temporary footpath diversion in place that is funnelling pedestrians from Baths Bridge through the University carpark and onto Territorial Lane. Please take note of the signage that is there for your benefit and stick to the footpath. You'll get a good view of what it is we're doing as we progress with laying new drainage but if you're curious, please do ask any member of our team who will be only too happy to help where they can.

I will update this portal regularly with anything that will be pertinent but please don't hesitate to contact me at Colin.Butler@jnbentley.co.uk or my colleague Sarah-Jayne on SarahJayne.vickers@jnbentley.co.uk

Thank You

Colin A Butler

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good afternoon all, 

Traffic management has started on The Elvet Waterside for 6 weeks whilst we construct the outfall, there is also Traffic management along Old Elvet up to Whinney Hill, this will be moved along as our works progess throughout the week, to carry out ground investigation samples. The site compound at the old DLI is set up as is the one on Green Lane.

I will keep you posted on our progress, in the meantime if you have any questions please comment below or alternatively use the contact us at the top of the page. 

Thanks 

Sarah Jayne Vickers

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Afternoon All, just a quick reminder to say we are arriving on site Monday.

The first week will involve establishing both compounds, one on Green Lane and the other at the old DLI off Framwellgate Peth.

Week commencing the 16th September investigation work will start down at The Elvet Waterside, the parking spaces have been closed for 6 weeks whilst we carry out the investigation work, and works on the new outfall into the River Wear.

If you have any questions please dont hesitate to contact us using the comments section below.

Thanks 

Sarah Jayne Vickers 

MMB Customer Liaison Officer

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good morning, we want to keep you up to date with work we are planning in the next stage of this project, which is located at The Elvet Riveside.

A £2 million scheme will begin on Monday 9th September as the first stage of work to reduce flood risk and protect the environment in The Elvet Riverside area of Durham City. This will be done by constructing new sewers in Elvet Waterside, Old Elvet and Whinney Hill.

The work will be carried out by Mott MacDonald Bentley and will take around 12 months to complete. To allow us to undertake the work safely, temporary traffic lights will be required for the duration of the work along Old Elvet and Whinney Hill. We will also need to close sections of Elvet Waterside in the vicinity of Baths footbridge and Elvet Bridge to allow work to be undertaken. We will write to everyone likely to be affected by these road closures nearer the time and provide regular updates on here.

If you have any questions please leave a comment below, for one of the project team to respond to or alternatively use the 'contact us' option at the top of the page.

Thanks 

Sarah Vickers

MMB Customer Liaison Officer

 

 

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good afternoon, just wanted to share a couple of photos with you showing the seeds are now starting to germinate. Think the seeds, as well myself have been enjoying the sunshine we have had over the past week.

Thanks 

Sarah

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

You may have seen us in our masses on Wednesday morning with the Friends of Flass Vale. The MMB Team were Lee Buchanan, Colin Butler, Tom Mann, Mark Morrell, Sarah Jayne Vickers, Joan Tatters, Marc Bell, Pat Corris and we were joined by Mark Morris (NWG), Phil Taylor and Jamie Stansbie from T&T. We all took part in a number of activities including digging, planting, transporting heavy wheels barrows full of materials. We planted in the Vale some Vipers Bugloss and Ferns, the ferns were dug up from the orchard and we re-planted them. The soil removed to replant them was transported back to the orchard to fill the holes. 

We even caught the attention of a little boy called James (aged 5) who asked if he could join us, James did some digging for us and also joined us for a little refreshment break. (Chocolate fingers and apple juice, went down a treat!) I would like to thank James for his help and most importantly his stories, about chewing rocks. I hope you and your Daddy had an amazing day and found loads more clues on your visit to the vale. 

At the end of a hard morning with the Friends of Flass Vale well all sat down with much needed refreshments.

A great mornings work for a great cause!

 

 

 

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Update by Colin Butler

Good Afternoon everyone,

I've returned to work to find that our area of works is now fully reinstated with fencing and landscaping completed and only awaiting cultivating and seeding. Things have gone swimmingly in my absence, which I can't help feeling may not be entirely coincidental! We expect the seeding to be carried out next week during a break in the rather ridiculous weather we've been suffering. That will most likely be the last you see of us as we move our separate ways onto new projects.

A great big Thank You from me and on behalf of my wonderful team who have successfully delivered a very complex project on time, within budget and most importantly, without hurting anyone. You have all contributed to what has been a really successful scheme with your consistent communication, adherence with requests and most importantly, your unwavering patience, without which, this project may have proven to be as difficult as I expected when I first visited. It's a real pleasure to have worked within such a tight-knit community and ultimately, improve a truly beautiful corner of Durham. (I've added some recent photographs of the vale below)

You will see me next week handing out tea and coffee and supervising our volunteers when we spend a couple of hours with the Friends of Flass Vale group working in the vale. This will commence at 10:00 on the 10th April and I may even chuck in a biscuit if you come and say Hi!

Thanks again,

Colin

 

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good morning All, we are making good progress and are in the final sates of the project. Last week we completed the resurfacing at Flassburn Road to remedy any wear and tear caused by vehicles accessing the site. I understand there may have been an issue getting bins emptied at Springwell Avenue and apologise for this. Usually we would drag the bins to an area the wagon can access, however due to the weather conditions we didn’t think this was a good idea. I have contacted Durham County Council to log the missed collection, they have advised a wagon will return over the next couple of days, if possible could you leave you bins out so they can be accessed.

We have a busy week planned in this week, working in the Vale, building steps, laying footpaths, fencing as well as landscaping and seeding.

We would like to thank you for your patience throughout this project and If you have any questions or concerns please use the contact us button at the top of the page.

Thanks

Sarah

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Update by Colin Butler

Good Morning Everyone and a Happy New Year to you all.

I do hope Santa Claus was kind at that you all over-indulged prodigiously over the festive period.

As you're no doubt aware, our team have slipped easily back into routine after our break and are now in the process of preparing the site for our subcontractor Keltbray to commence the removal of the steel frames and sheet piles. This will begin in earnest on Monday 14th January and we expect it to take approximately 3 weeks. During this time you will notice the addition of a 60 ton crawler crane to the immediate skyline which we will use to lift weights of up to 15 tonnes. Please be vigilant as there will be an uplift in wagons attending site to remove the steel as well as the re-import of excavated material as we look to bury the entirety of the tanks during this period. We expect 93 loads of material to return to site over the next month and ask once again for your continued patience whilst we carry this operation out as swiftly and safely as possible. The end is truly nigh now and I'm happy to say that is still an absolute pleasure to come to work in such a beautiful corner of the world, among such wonderful neighbours.

Best wishes

Colin

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