GENERAL PROJECT

Fontburn Lime Dosing

Northumbrian Water is investing £3 million to upgrade the Water Treatment Works at Fontburn to make sure you continue to receive excellent quality tap water in the future. The work, which will commence from early March 2020 will see upgrades to the facilities and water treatment equipment within the site and we aim to complete this by September 2020. Northumbrian Water’s trusted partner, Interserve Construction Limited will be carrying out this work on our behalf. Residents may notice an increase of vehicular traffic to and from the site whilst deliveries are made although we will of course do all we can to keep the disruption to a minimum. Please be assured that your water supply will not be affected by these works. Glyn Jenkins NWL Project Manager

Project updates

Update by Shafqat Akbar

Hello everyone. Works at the Fontburn site are progressing very well. In this update, I want to tell you about the civils works that are being carried out on site.

We have stated the civils works in the existing waste water building. We are building the lime mixing and lime dosing infrastructure.

The construction of the reinforced concrete structures is progressing well.

The delivery of the new silos are planned for the early part of this year.

We are planning a number of heavy lifting operations. These are to install new equipment on site.

 

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Update by Shafqat Akbar

Hello again. I want to update you on the progress we are making at this project.

Our site teams are back after their Christmas and New Year holiday. We have established safe systems of work to ensure we comply with the Government, NHS and our company rules relating to covid.

We have an ambitious programme of works to get through. 

The civils works are progressing well. We are working at several locations on site.

We will ensure we do not affect the local community or visitors to the adjacent reservoir during our project.

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Update by Shafqat Akbar

Hello everyone. Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year break. I just want to update you on the works at Fontburn.

We are prioritising maintaining Covid security at our workplaces. We have reinforced the NHS message "Hands. Face. Space".

Hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds

Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet

Space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)

We have previously installed hand sanitising stations at strategic locations on site. This photo shows one of the hand sanitising stations.

We have a rule to keep 2m apart. This poster and similar posters are displayed on site to remind people to keep a safe distance from other people.

We are focusing on keeping a safe working environment for everyone. This poster shows some of the other rules we have in place to keep everyone safe.

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Update by Shafqat Akbar

Hello. In today's update I want to concentrate on the envionmental side of our works at the Fontburn water treatment works.

We have consulted the local authorities on environmental matters and we have no issues on site. There are bats, great crested newts and many other animals in the vicinity of the works.

We have constructed a "hibernicula" refuge for newts.

We have worked to minimise light pollution for the benefits of our neighbours and bats.

 

 

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Update by Shafqat Akbar

Our site teams continue to make good progress at the Fontburn site. We are working at several locations.

We have started working in the waste water building on the silo new reinforced concrete bases. We are making good progress at the existing clarifiers.

We are continuing with design development and the detail design.

We have removed the first redundant silo and are expecting delivery of the new silo in January.

The site teams have made good progress over the last month. 

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Update by Shafqat Akbar

Hello. We have made steady progress on site since the last update on the Fontburn project. We have progressed the design detail and continued operations at several locations on site.

The temporary crane platforms are complete and advance works to remove the first of the silos have started.

We will start working in the pre-lime chamber and in the waste water building. The planning stage is at an advance stage.

The next operations are to continue with the pre-accommodation works.

The site and compound set-up are complete. The works areas comply with the covid management protocols. The Project supports "the three simple actions" promoted by the NHS; "wash hands, cover face and make space"

 

 

 

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Update by Shafqat Akbar

We have established our compound at the Fontburn water treatments works. Operations on site have started.

The compound has been set to make covid control measures such as social distancing easy.

We have completed a lot of the preliminary site investigation works on site. We have also completed the site haul road.

The site team has been in contact with Natural England and agreed measures that ensure we do not have any negative impact on the local environment.

The site team continue to work closely with the Northumbrian Water operational staff.

 

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Update by Shafqat Akbar

Hello. The works at Fontburn have gathered momentum over the past couple of weeks. We have set the site compound, car parking area and welfare units up in one corner of the site. The hard works start now. The site team are progressing well with the undergound operations. One more point before I go, the site team have established covid-19 compliance rules on site. We have hand sanitising stations in the welfare area, office block and adjacent to the car park. We have rules that ensure social distancing on site and in the offices. Thank you to everyone on site for making all of this work.

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Update by Shafqat Akbar

Hello again. Interserve has agreed with the local environmentalists how to help the local wildlife during the construction works. We have built some "hibernicula" structures at Fontburn to help. This is a photo of a completed hibernicula. All ready for the local wildlife.

 

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Update by Shafqat Akbar

Hello. This is a quick update to let everyone know that we are starting works on site. We have set up our cabins and are getting ready to start with the construction works.

This is a phototaken at the west end of the site.

 

 

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