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 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.



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Update by Anthony Birkett

Morning Everyone

Thanks to Bobby for his progress update today:

The Pipe Line Drillers are working on drilling under Station Road and expect to make progress over the next few weeks. The traffic management there is still in place but we are still able to maintain two way traffic.

Work is also progressing well through the park area between Manhole 4 and Manhole 5. It has been necessary to close one of the footpaths here, however once we cross the Footpath we will reinstate it before we close the other Footpath to continue to Manhole 5.

The Lakeside basin excavations are in full flow with wagons taking the excess clay off site - this will continue for the next few weeks.

I've attached a few pictures showing this week's progress.


We've also also been contacted by a customer asking about the location of the footpath to the south of the Lake once we finish our work. The footpath will be in roughly the same location as it was before we started so shouldn't affect the lakeside wildlife. Below I've attached plans showing the proposed layout:

Plant schedule

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Have a nice weekend


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Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

My colleague Becky from the Customer Team has provided an update on a recent school visit to a local school:


A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Westmoor Primary School alongside our Added Value Coordinator Clare Davison. Whilst there we delivered a presentation in the school assembly to educate the children on the works we are carrying out in the local community near to the school and the dangers that they could face entering a building site. We also spent some time delivering STEM sessions to the Reception classes where they were involved in activities that raised awareness about the water network and what they should & shouldn’t flush down the toilet. All of the children involved were very engaged throughout the sessions and enjoyed being a part of the activities as you can see in the images attached. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those at Westmoor Primary School who welcomed us into their school during our visit.


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Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

Bobby has provided this week's update:

Work is progressing well on the basin excavation by the Lake. Wagon activity will continue to remove the clay from site for the next 5-6 weeks via Southgate.

The Gas Diversion on Station Road is complete but the Traffic Management will stay in place for a little while longer so we can monitor progress as we pass under the Gas Main. The Pipe Line Drillers have been on site here this week, preparing for the drilling under the gas main so they will be ready to go from Monday 4 February 2019.

We are continuing to make good progress with the pipe laying as we make our way towards the park.

Enjoy your weekend


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Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi everyone

Bobby has provided me with this week’s progress update.

Despite the very cold weather, we've made decent progress. By the Lake we have started stripping the topsoil and constructing the haul road. You may have noticed the wagons bringing stone on to site. We'll soon start to take the clay off site, so the number of wagons to and from site will remain at a similar level.

On Station Road, the traffic management is still in place. The Gas Diversion that we have been working on at this location should be completed today. We then have Pipe Line Drillers due on site next week to set up ready to start work on drilling across Station Road.

By the Park, the gang has moved into the area to start work on laying the  900mm pipe between the two manholes.

And finally, by the Sig Compound, the works are complete for now until the drilling across Station Road is completed.

Have a nice weekend,


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Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi everyone

Richie has kindly provided this week's progress update:

Work is progressing well in the grounds of SIG where we should finish the manhole work there by the end of today. We're also progressing well in our work around the lake - the silt fence along the lake edge is now complete in good time for the earthworks to start on Monday 21 January 2019.

Talking about the earthworks, to begin with we will create a hardstanding turning area for site traffic, then we will start to dig the new basins. For the next 8 weeks you will notice an increase in road wagons traveling to and from our site so please take care around the entrance to our site off Southgate. During this time we will have a dedicated Gateman at the entrance to our site to control construction traffic and ensure we limit our impact on the highway. We will also ensure regular a regular road sweeper is deployed to minimise the dirt on the roads.

Next week we will also start on the drainage in the playing field and heading towards the play area.

Finally, if you’ve been using Station Road on your daily commute you will have noticed us working in the carriagewa,y carryout excavation work to locate a gas main. We have no located it and Northern Gas Networks will be onsite next week to divert the gas main. The TM will continue in place for now so we can monitor the gas main whilst we install drainage across the road.

I've attached a few pictures of our work this week courtesy of Bobby.

Wrap up, its cold out there!


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Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

I hope you all had a great festive period with your family and friends!

Its a new year and we're back, refreshed and raring to go!

First of all, this week we are establishing our compound area on the grassed area between Ryder Court and the Lake.

Workwise, we've continuted working in the SIG depot and continued working in the area of the play park - you'll notice a fenced corridor here. The fencing will remove one of the access gates to the park, but the park is still open as usual. The footpaths here are also remaining open for now, but in time we will need to impose a diversion when the work gets closer to the footpath.

Next week we will start the gas main diversion on Station Road that had previously been postponed before Christmas. The work will be in the road, but we will be able to manage traffic flow with signs and cones so we don't expect delays. This will be in place for 9 weeks from Monday 14 January 2019.

The following week, we expect to start on the earthworks in the basins themselves, but I'll give more information about that next week.

I've attached a few pictures of our work this week



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Update by Lynn Preston

Hi Everyone

Just wanted to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and all the best for the new  year.

As you will know from Tony's updates we will be working in the Lakeside Park after the break - thank you in advance for your patience and understanding while the works are happening. As ever, if you have any queries please get in touch.

Best Wishes



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Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

Just a quick note to let you know that we close down on site on Friday 21 December 2018 for 2 weeks, returning on Monday 7 January 2019.

Over the Christmas period, should you wish to speak to the project team please contact 03457 171100.

Can I also take this opportunity to with you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

All the best


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Update by Christine Taylor

Good morning,

We at Esh-MWH and Northumbrian Water, along with our collaborative partners, wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  So what better way than to release some Christmas cheer through a festive video. 

I hope you all enjoy watching this, as much as the team did pulling it together.

Merry Christmas


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