Thanks to Richard on site for this week's progress update:
We’ve made significant progress on site this week undertaking what could arguably be the most risky of our operations to date.
As mentioned last week, we started the drilling of our trenchless drainage which runs underneath Station Road. Today we’re approximately halfway through the first of two drives and have safety passed the gas main which we diverted last month. A big well done to the site team and designers for their hard work to make this happen without incident. I'd also like to thank Northern Gas Networks and their team for their assistance and effort in this work.
You may have noticed, the pipework which will connect into the trenchless drainage is working its way across the play area. To do this we’ve had to temporarily close and divert the footpaths around it. The drainage gang is close to starting work on the control chamber which will ultimately control the water level in the lake. No pressure there then!
The excavation of the basin in the park is progressing well. Surplus soils are being taken off site - as I’m sure you’ve seen, with many wagons coming out of the site!
As we work in this area, we have a team of archaeologists that visit the site. This is so they can look out for remains of historical mine workings, specifically the old wagonways.This is all very interesting stuff!
We’ve now been on site since August 2018 and based in the park since Christmas and its a lovely location to work in - its nice to have the view that we get looking over the lake and the wildlife that it supports.
On the subject of the wildlife, here are some interesting facts about the swans:
- A group of swans is known as a herd, however a group in captivity are called a fleet
- There are six species of swans
- Cygnophbia or kiknophobia is the fear of swans
- Swans are highly intelligent and remember who has been kind to them, or not.
- Swans are protected under the Wildllife and Countryside Act 1981
We’ve also had the pleasure of hosting a group of students from Northumbria University studying a MSC in Safety, Health and Environmental Management, visited our site at Killingworth this week. Our site will provide the basis for their ‘Environmental Management in Practice’ project which they will later present to our Energy & Environmental Advisor (Simon Park) and Site Manager.
I've attached a few photographs of our progress this week and also the visit from our friends from the University.