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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 all, a quick update to keep you posted on the progress we are making in the two locations we are working in, in Durham, Old Elvet Storage and Walkergate.

Old Elvet Storage

We took possession of the roadside closest to the Royal County Hotel mid-August to start with the installation of the storage pipes. Since then we have carried out investigatory work and started preparing for the installation of the storage pipes. You may have noticed that currently there is no activity on site, this has been due to a hold up on the delivery of the pipes, which we are now expecting back end of next week. We will be back on with it as quick as we can, once the pipes are delivered.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Walkergate

The fencing and Heron have been temporarily relocated whilst we carry out the work on the new outfall manhole and installing new pipework towards new Combined Sewer Outfall (CSO). As previously mentioned there will be some overnight work and although we don’t have any definitive dates its looking likely this could be towards the back end of this month/Early October. We will communicate the dates as soon as we have something firm.

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

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Update 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.

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good afternoon, good news we have 30 meters left of pipework to tie in the new housing estate at Illingworth Grove, into the newly laid surface water pipe along Whinney Hill and Old Elvet.

The resurfacing work which was due to happen a couple of weeks ago was unsuccessful due to parked cars. This week we have fenced off the car parking spaces to prevent people parking in them and allow the resurfacing to take place tomorrow and Friday.

Work at the side of The Swan and Three Cygnets is progressing slowly, due to this we need to work over the next couple of weekends 8 am till 6pm to ensure we are clear from site ready for Durham County Council bridge works due to start on the 20th July.

If in the meantime if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to comment below or use the ‘contact us’ function at the top of this page.

Thanks

Sarah

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good morning All, hope you are well and enjoying the sunshine this week!

A quick reminder that we have our resurfacing work along Old Elvet this week, can we please ask people use spaces that are free and not marked out of use with a cone. We are blocking these spaces to allow us enough room for the resurfacing to take place whilst ensuring to protect vehicles from being damaged by the resurfacing process and machines.

We will be popping leaflets on cars today that will be causing an obstruction tomorrow to ask you to park at an alternative location tomorrow (Thursday 25th June) whilst we complete the resurfacing.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to comment below and one of the project team will contact you alternatively you can contact the MMB team at MMBcustomerserviceteam@mottmac.com

Thank you in advance

Sarah

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Afternoon All, we are making great progress along Whinney Hill and the road closure at Illingworth Grove will be going on from the 22nd June for up to 3 weeks as scheduled. In conjunction with the closure 2-way traffic lights will remain on Whinney Hill, whilst we complete this final section of pipe work.

Elsewhere we have permanent resurfacing work along Old Elvet, this will be carried out over a 3-day period starting on Tuesday. As before when we were installing the pipe this will be done under 2-way lights. During this time, some car parking spaces will be unavailable and will be identified with cones blocking them off.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to comment below and one of the project team will contact you alternatively you can contact the MMB team at MMBcustomerserviceteam@mottmac.com

Once again, we would like to thank you for you continued patience and support.

Enjoy your weekend!

Sarah

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good afternoon, another working week complete and we are halfway through June. 

We wrote to several residents earlier this week about a planned road closure up on Whinney Hill, near the Persimmon development site. Good news is that after careful consideration on maintaining the traffic flow we have decided to continue with 2-way traffic lights on Whinney Hill.

Due to this change and the terrible weather conditions the past few days, this work is now scheduled to happen Week Commencing 22nd June and not the 15th June as previously stated.

There will still however be a road closure on Illingworth Grove for up to 3 weeks, there is an alternative access to the estate. We will update you prior to closing of Illingworth Grove on here.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to comment below and one of the project team will contact you.

Once again, we would like to thank you for you continued patience and support.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend, despite the weather!

Sarah

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good Afternoon all, hope you are well under the circumstances.

Good progress has been made on Old Elvet, the installation of the pipe has progressed up past Court Lane and we are now nearing the junction with Green Lane to meet up with where the second squad started pipe laying on Whinney Hill.

The Second squad are continuing working on Whinney Hill and are approximately 114m meters away from the entrance to the new housing estate.

As well as these two working locations we have another squad, starting the construction of a chamber located in the foot path next to the Swan and Three Cygnets. There will be a single lane closure on New Elvet for the duration of this work and is scheduled to be put up on Wednesday 13th for up to 10 weeks.

We will continue to update you all on how the works progress but in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me on sarahjayne.vickers@jnbentley.co.uk you have any questions or concerns.

We are working in line with UK Government guidance regarding Covid-19 and are committed to continue with our site operations whilst safeguarding the wellbeing of our operatives and the public.

The Government guidance can be found following the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Sarah

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Update by Colin Butler

Good Afternoon Everyone

I thought I'd share a brief update on our current progress in Durham City.

Despite the current global pandemic, we have been working hard on behalf of Northumbrian Water to help maintain and improve the water network in Durham City. The works we're doing are essential to mitigate potential pollution events and alleviate internal and external flooding in the immediate vicinity. With this in mind, we've been adhering strictly to the government guidance regarding social distancing and isolation upon showing any of the symptoms.

We are doing these things to the best of our abilities to ensure that we work in a safe, healthy way to continue to provide a crucial service for us all. I would ask that you please respect the government guidance - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  around social distancing and direct any queries to me at Colin.Butler@jnbentley.co.uk or my colleague SarahJayne.Vickers@jnbentley.co.uk and please refrain from approaching operatives directly. The guys at the workface are well informed and have all approriate PPE required should they need to be within 2m of one another.

We have continued to make excellent progress and are currently working on two fronts with one gang installing pipework through Old Elvet toward Green Lane and a second gang now past the entrance to HMP Durham, who have been most accommodating. We are yet to find any escape tunnels in our excavation works but we all remain on the edge of our seats.

Please stay safe and remember:

Stay At Home, Protect The NHS, Save Lives

Colin

 

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good afternoon, we would just like to take this time to provide you with a quick update.

We are continuing to make progress in Old Elvet despite finding several uncharted services. The installation of the pipe has progressed up past the entrance to Court Lane and we will continue to progress through the parking bays opposite the Dun Cow.

The Second squad referred to in our last update, have joined our team today and we expect them to start on Wednesday on Whinney Hill just after the Junction with Green Lane installing new drainage with another set of Traffic Management.

We will continue to follow UK Government guidance regarding the emerging situation of Covid-19 and are committed to continue with our site operations whilst safeguarding the wellbeing of our operatives.

I'll continue to update you all on how the works progress but in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me on sarahjayne.vickers@jnbentley.co.uk you have any questions or concerns.

The Government guidance can be found following the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Sarah

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Update by Colin Butler

Good Morning Everyone,

Another brief update from our team in Durham:

We continue to make decent progress in Old Elvet despite some challenging circumstances and the odd design tweak. We're now approaching the Court Lane junction on our way up Old Elvet and will be expected to work across the junction from Monday onwards. It shouldn't take more than a week to get across and get reinstated at which time we'll be progressing through the parking bays opposite the Dun Cow.

On Monday 23rd March we'll be starting with a Second squad on Whinney Hill installing new drainage with another set of Traffic Management. After close discussion with Durham County Council we've agreed that this short term disruption will enable us to finsh all the works far sooner than currently programmed. I'll continue to update you all on how the works progress but in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me on Colin.Butler@jnbentley.co.uk or my colleague Sarah, on SarahJayne.Vickers@jnbentley.co.uk alternatively; our contact dertails can be found on the public information board located at Green Lane. As ever, our team onsite will be more than willing to help with any issues or concerns that you raise directly. I hope you all have a lovely weekend and please stay safe

 

Colin

 

 

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