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Killingworth & Longbenton

Together with our project partners, the Environment Agency and North Tyneside Council, we are investing over £5 million to manage surface water in the Killingworth and Longbenton areas of North Tyneside. This work will increase the capacity of the combined sewer thereby reducing the risk of flooding during heavy rainfall. The work is to be completed in 3 phases; Longbenton High School and Benton Green & Cemetery, Forest Hall & Killingworth Moor and finally Killingworth Lake. Phase 1 and 2 are now completed and the work around Killingworth Lake started in Summer 2018.

Project updates

Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

Thanks again to Bobby for the information for this progress update.

We have now fully lined the twin pipes under Station Road and in the same area we continue to make progress on Manholes 3 and 4, where we are removing shoring/benching works.

The work on the drainage works within the park area is also ongoing and we are now working on manhole 6 here.

This week and next we will be continuing with the work on the footpath and fishing jetty. We will also be continuing with the planting works by the Lakeside.

I've attached a few pictures taken this week of our progress.

Have a nice weekend

Tony

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Update by Anthony Birkett

HAPPY EASTER!!

Whether you are Christian or not, its always nice to have a long weekend off with family and friends and it seems as though we may even have the weather this weekend!!

Enjoy your long Easter Weekend off and make sure you get to the shop early for your bbq stuff before they sell out!

The lads will be off site from close of business today until Tuesday morning.

Have a good one!

Tony

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Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

Thanks to Bobby, who has provided a further update on our progress this week.

We're working hard to get the job done and making great progress! On Station Road where we have driven The Twin Pipes under the road we have lined one of the pipes, with the other to be lined at the start of next week. We are also moving along nicely with Manholes 3 and 4.

The pipework in the park area is also moving along well as we progress from Manhole 5 to Manhole 6.

And finally work has started on the footpath and planting works within the Lakeside area.

Next week we will be making a return to the Cemetery to complete some remedial works there. We don't expect this to cause a great deal of disruption to users of the cemetery, but you may see some of our guys around for the week.

Bobby has sent over a few photographs showing what we've been up to.

Regards

Tony

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Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

Work is progressing well, despite the inconsistent weather - I've had to de-ice my windscreen a couple of times this week!

The weir section into the detention basins is now completed and we have now started on the landscaping in the detention basins - seeding and planting shrubs.

We are also going well in the area of the park and have started on the footpaths around the detention basins.

Thanks to Lawrence for this week's progress update.

Have a nice weekend

Tony

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Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

As you will have noticed, the weather has been a bit challenging this week! However we have continued to make progress with our work on the three manholes.

We've also made good progress on the Lakeside and have now finished removing spoil the basins. Work will start on the footpaths on Monday and then we will work on a Weir/Fish Pass. What is a Fish Pass I hear you ask?

Definition: A fish ladder, also known as a fishway, fish pass or fish steps, is a structure on or around artificial and natural barriers (such as dams, locks and waterfalls) to facilitate diadromous fishes' natural migration.

(in this case the fish pass is designed to keep the fish in  the lake at times where it may overflow into the basins)

On another matter, you may notice that MMB, working on a different Northumbrian Water Project will be imposing traffic lights on the junction of Great Lime Road and Southgate - this is not in connection with our work here.

Have a great weekend!

Tony

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Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

Thanks to Bobby who has provided this week's progress update:

We are now working on constructing manholes 3, 4 and 5. We have started on manhole 3 which is close to the SIG site in the industrial estate and will then move on to manhole 4 which is just off Station Road. Manhole 5 is situated within the Park area and as you will see, we are still working in this area too. Its a very tight working area here, so please bear with us.

The Earthworks within the Lakeside are progressing well and we will be soon start working on the Footpaths within the Lakeside.

I've attached a few photos kind sent over by Bobby.

Regards

Tony

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Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

Since the scheme started, we've had a change of Contracts Managers. Dave Player started the scheme, but has since moved on to work on a different project within the organisation, so he has been replaced by Mark Nicholson.

So a big welcome to Mark who will oversee the scheme until completion.

Tony

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Update by Sophie Clare

Great news! Northumbrian Water cares about the safety and health of their contractors and customers. The team have purchased a defibrillator to protect the workforce whilst working on the Killingworth project. On completion of the works, the defibrillator will be gifted to the boat house leaving a potentially lifesaving legacy for locals and visitors to the lake!

Have a good weekend!

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Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

Thanks to Bobby for this weeks update:

As you can imagine, at the beginning of week the site was very wet from the weekend weather which made things a little difficult to start. 

Pipe Line Drillers are now finished with the Auger Boring under Station Road between Manholes 4 and 3 and are leaving site today. The pipes now need to be lined which is planned for next week - then we will build Manholes 3 and 4.

We are making progress with our work around the Park area but perhaps not as quick as we'd hoped. The manhole at this location will be concrete poured next week.

Work is continuing on the basins and landscaping on Lakeside and the wagon movement to remove the spoil off site will now start to noticably decrease.

And finally, I see we were in the papers this week. If you missed it, here's a link to an article in the Chronicle about the Islands on the Lake: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/norths-newest-islands-important-role-15997783

Enjoy the weekend!

Tony

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Update by Sophie Clare

As you may have noticed, the Biomatrix floating rafts have now been launched into the lake. Thanks to Westmoor Primary School for helping to plant the new vegetation! Once established, these rafts will provide new biodiverse wildlife habitat both on the surface of the lake and also under the waterline. The below-water roots create an ideal refuge and feeding zone for fish within the lake.

Local resident Wally has taken some amazing drone shots of the Biomatrix islands being floated into the lake. 

Did you know? Floating plants absorb 10-20 times more pollutants than they would on shore!

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