GENERAL PROJECT

Grassholme Reservoir Safety

Together with our supply partners Interserve we plan to carry out essential maintenance and improvement works to Grassholme reservoir over the next three years. These works are needed to ensure the resilience of the reservoir and improve its surrounding environment. During the work we will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum and ensure residents and users of the reservoir area are not unduly inconvenienced. We'd really like to hear from you if you have any questions or comments so please get in touch using the 'Contact us' button at the top of the page or leave a comment below.

Project updates

Update by Nick Warner

Hello everyone

You may remember that, last month, I provided an update regarding our essential work at Grassholme and how our project team were adapting to the UK Government guidelines surrounding Covid-19 that continue to affect us all.

We have been working on a phased re-opening of some of our Waterside Parks and reservoirs and I wanted to make you aware of some helpful information now available at the following link;

https://www.watersideparksuk.com/covid-19-latest-update-20th-may/

Whilst we have been able to re-open some of our sites, Grassholme remains closed. I will however, continue to let you know of any further changes in the future.

As I’m sure you will already appreciate, all our work going forward will continue to follow UK Government guidance surrounding Covid-19.

Kind regards to you all

Mike Ciaraldi

 

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Update by Mike Ciaraldi

Hello everyone,

You may recall, from earlier portal updates, that we have shared with you our plans for essential maintenance and improvement work we are doing at Grassholme Reservoir. I also had the pleasure of meeting local customers who attended our event on 29 June 2019. 

We started the latest part of the Project in March this year and we expect this work to be complete by the end of December 2020. However, as we all adapt during these challenging times, we will continue to monitor Government guidance and the timings of our work may change. Be assured that our site teams are adhering to the social distancing guidance and we ask that others maintain a social distance from our people whilst we are on site. In summary, this work is classed as essential and we are following UK Government guidance regarding COVID-19.

To recap, this £12 million scheme will increase the resilience of the reservoir dam and will also involve an upgrade to the leisure facilities available.

We had intended to hold a customer event, with local residents, to share more about this and future work this month. Due to the UK Government imposed instructions to stay home and avoid gatherings, we will not now hold this public event and we trust you will understand the reasons for this change of plan.

With our next phase of work under development and in the absence of a customer event, we would like to offer you the opportunity to understand the works that we must complete. Please refer to the attached visuals that describe the whole of the works.  Our plan involves reshaping of land to bolster the Northern Embankment, adjacent the Carl Beck, of the reservoir which includes the removal and partial relocation of a small area of woodland. It is intended to compensate for this by planting trees within an area double to that impacted upon by our works. Trees that can be relocated to the new planting area will be repositioned to minimise any biodiversity loss.

This work is subject to both an Environmental Impact Assessment and a planning application to Durham County Council. Please get in touch if you have any comments or wish to discuss these works by the 6th May 2020.*

At the date of this update, Grassholme Reservoir Visitor Centre is closed along with all Northumbrian Water Waterside Parks until further notice, in line with current Government guidance. During the course of our work, vehicle movements and fluctuating water levels will require restrictions of access and walking routes around the visitor centre car park and the Eastern perimeter of the reservoir. These will be clearly signposted, advertised and identified on a plan in our portal. While people are currently prohibited from traveling to do their exercise, it is important that any local residents still walking in the area adhere to our restrictions, which are there for your safety.

Please see the below link for more information regarding fishing and leisure activities. This information, along with the Bulletin about our planned work can be seen in the tab titled 'Customer Update - April 20'.

https://www.watersideparksuk.com/park/grassholme/fishing/

We will do everything we can to limit inconvenience and I would like to thank residents and visitors for their patience while we undertake this essential work. I hope the improvements you see when the work is completed will be some compensation for the temporary restrictions.

We’d really like to hear from you if you have any feedback or questions. You can comment on the portal, telephone our customer contact centre on 0345 717 1100 to speak to a member of our Project Team. You can also follow us on twitter @nwater_care and @NorthumbrianH2O.

 

* Northumbrian Water and Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners Limited (‘Lichfields’), our planning consultants are registered with the Information Commissioners Office (registration numbers Z4657939 and Z6193122 respectively). Your responses will be analysed by Northumbrian Water and Lichfields. It is not envisaged that any personal data will be supplied by virtue of a response to this consultation, but in the event that any personal data is supplied, it will be disregarded and deleted without undue delay. Responses to this consultation may be made publicly available. Your response may be shared with the following agency involved in the collation and outcome of the data: Durham County Council.

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Update by Brian Hall

Essential construction works are due to commence on site in April 2020 at Grassholme Reservoir. The purpose of the works are to increase the resilience of the reservoir dam and will also involve an upgrade to the existing leisure facilities.

During the course of the work, vehicle and plant movements and fluctuating water levels will require restrictions of access to the visitor centre car park and to the north shore footpath and the dam crest of the reservoir. These restrictions will be clearly signposted on the site. Some routes will still be available to use safely but unfortunately there will be no fishing activities allowed.

Grassholme Reservoir Visitor Centre is currently closed along with all Northumbrian Water Waterside Parks until further notice. This is in line with current Government guidance.

There is clear UK Government Guidance on travel, “Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People must remain in their primary residence. Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk”

The map below shows location of initial footpath closures. Footpaths will be closed from April 2020 until further notice. Please do not travel to our sites and please remember only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home).

 

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Update by Brian Hall

Hi everyone

Our cabin set up is now in place ready for Phase 2 works to start.

Over the next few weeks you may see a bit of activity around the Northern and Southern Spillway and also on the Dam Crest. We are just going to carry out a few final checks and doing some minor investigation digs to help us with the design.

We will keep access for walkers open during this period.

We hope to commence works to the Dam crest sometime in the middle of March we will keep you posted on how that goes

Many Thanks

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Update by Brian Hall

Happy New Year everyone

We will be back on site during the rest of January and February setting up the site compound and preparing for phase 2 of the work at Grassholme which is scheduled to start at the beginning of March. We will keep you updated as the weeks progress

 

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Update by Brian Hall

Hi everyone

The preliminary work at Grassholme has been completed and we have finished the first stage of work

We will be leaving site now until next February (maybe March!) when the weather improves and we can commence the next phase

There will be updates once we have a date to return

In the meantime we hope you all have a good winter

Best regards

The Grassholme Team

 

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Update by Brian Hall

Hello everyone

You may remember my last update where I predicted levels at the Reservoir returning to normal within 2 to 3 weeks? this was allowing for a rise of around 1foot per day and did not take account of the Lunedale weather. As it was the rain brought levels back to normal that weekend and as you can see by the below photographs it is very high right now. Ground work has been slow this last week due to the rain fall but we are continueing to establish the site. Hope this weekends weather is kinder for you

 

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Update by Brian Hall

Hello everyone

This week we have completed the last of the ground investigations and enabling work in the wet areas and so the reservoir water level will be allowed to rise in a gradual, managed process. We expect that the reservoir return to normal levels within the next two to three weeks after which activies such as sailing and fishing will return to normal. We will continue with establishing our work site and access route but this shouldnt cause any disruption; then reinstating any affected areas and cleaning the roads of mud from site traffic.

We will be returning to carry out further work on the reservoir early next year, we will advise a date nearer the time depending on weather, and the water  will be reduced again to a similar level where it is now.

 

 

 

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Update by Brian Hall

Hello everyone

We have started work on establishing the site compound and are now working on the access road to Cote House Caravan Park. We will be removing some sections of the fencing and widening the road to allow for safe vehicle entry and exit, and establishing a road onto the site area for setting up. We will share some photographs when we have a set up in place.

Brian

 

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Update by Brian Hall

We are currently carrying out essential maintenance and improvement works to Grassholme reservoir. These works are needed to ensure the resilience of the reservoir and improve its surrounding environment. From Monday 9th September 2019 until December 2019 we will be carrying out groundwork excavations and setting up a site compound in the areas shown below. This may lead to some access restrictions although we will try to keep all pathways and access routes open and accessible. The reservoir will be maintained at its current level to enable us to deliver some investigations and preparation in advance of next years planned works. We anticipate the reservoir refilling later this year to its normal level. The reservoir will be lowered again early next year. The project team will continue to minimise disruption to reservoir users. It is anticipated that sailing and fishing will continue during the work although some unavoidable restrictions will be in place to ensure the safety of users as well as our staff.

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