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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 Colin Butler

Good Afternoon everyone,

A quick update on what was a fantastic day yesterday. Micro-tunnelling was completed from Durham University Carpark in Territorial Lane to Old Elvet with no hiccups and it was pleasing to see the Tunnel Boring Machine arrive in the correct place and right on schedule! I've attached some photographs below.

We've mad excellent progress in Elvet Waterside and are currently connecting up pipework and now have an outfall. We hope to have both Old Elvet and Elvet Waterside fully reopened by the end of next week - Thank you very much for your continued patience with changes in both areas.

As ever, please direct any queries to Colin.Butler@jnbentley.co.uk

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good morning all, some of you will have noticed we installed the Traffic Management Wednesday am as planned, however there were a few minor tweaks required, so this was shortly after removed. The Traffic Management was re-introduced yesterday morning and there has been a change to the original plan. I have added to most up to date Traffic Management Plan for you to view.

We would like to apologise for any confusion. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks 

Sarah

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good afternoon All, just want to give you a quick overview of what is going on as we speak.

Works are underway for the preparation of the Micro-Tunnelling which is due to start on the 25th November. During the middle of last week, we began work to excavate the launch pit, located in the old car park along territorial lane. There was also the arrival of a 50t Crawler Crane (picture included below).

This week we are setting up the micro tunnelling equipment in the launch pit, and on Wednesday after the installation of the Traffic Management, the excavation of the reception pit will begin (3-4 days). The reception pit is where the micro tunnelling is being directed. It is approximately 57 meters in length of drilling, between launch and reception pit. This activity will take 2 weeks to complete, following this week commencing 9th December we will be demobilising the tunnelling equipment. If you are interested in seeing a video please select the hyperlink which will direct you to a short vidoe on YouTube of Micro tunnelling.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to comment below or use the ‘contact us’ at the top of the page to speak to one of our project team.

Thanks

Sarah

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good Morning

Colin mentioned on his last post the traffic management that was scheduled to start Week Commencing 18th November after the Lumiere. 

On the 20th November we are setting up 3-way traffic signals on Territorial Lane and Old Elvet with entry to Territorial Lane being Right Turn Only (approaching from Whinney Hill) and exiting Territorial Lane being Left Turn Only (towards Whinney Hill).

The traffic management is due to be removed Week commencing 16th December.

Please click HERE to view our traffic management plan.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to comment below or use the ‘contact us’ at the top of the page to speak to one of our project team.

Thanks

Sarah

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Update by Colin Butler

Good Morning folks,

 

We're progressing fairly comfortably with our 450mm diamter drainage now up the Eastern boundary of the former University carpark on Territorial Lane. The footpath diversion has been temporarily closed with pedestrian access now reinstated to Elvet Waterside. Despite hoping to get Elvet Waterside reopened this week we've encountered unforseen issues below ground and are working hard to overcome these asap. We expect Elvet Waterside to be closed for another fortnight but will of course endeavour to reopen ASAP.

The Northern area of the carpark is now sitting ready to commence tunnelling works on 18th November which we expect to take around 4 weeks. This will include temporary 3-way traffic signals in Territorial Lane and Old Elvet with entry to Territorial Lane being Right Turn Only and exiting Territorial Lane being Left Turn Only. I will update you all closer to the time on this one.

As always, please do be vigilant when walking around this area as there are a lot of large vehicle movements from ourselves and our neighbours Thompsons of Prudhoe who are carrying out works for the adjacent Durham University Business School Development. Please pay attention to all signage and don't be afraid to report anything untoward to one of my team who're always on hand to help out.

As ever, you can get me on 07814785021 or Colin.Butler@jnbentley.co.uk if you have any questions, queries or issues!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Colin

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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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