Springwell Enhancements Project

Northumbrian Water proposes to construct a new underground service reservoir on land it owns off Mount Lane, along with related pipe work in the local area, in a £56m project to commence Spring 2023, following preparatory work on site. The proposed project will not only make the water supply to customers in Springwell Village and the surrounding areas more secure, but will also enable us to support the wider Wearside and South Tyneside areas with a more reliable and resilient water supply for many years to come. The reservoir would strengthen and future-proof the company’s existing network in the area, providing storage for around 50,000 properties in South Tyneside. In addition the new reservoir will enable us to provide improved resilience to the water networks to the east of Springwell Village, benefiting a further 200,000 properties in South Tyneside and Wearside.

Update by Sarah Jayne Parvin

Hello Everyone,

As we continue to progress through the early months of 2024, good progress is being made across the site. On the reservoir site we are in the process of filling in the gaps between the pre-cast concrete reservoir walls and I’ve attached photos to give you an insight into the process. The inlet / outlet valve concrete chamber continues to progress and now that we have two cranes on site, further pre-cast walls are be placed into position as well as several columns to support the roof.

The concrete pour scheduled for the 13 February was delayed due to wet weather, but we managed to complete it on 14 February.

Our next concrete pour is subject to the progression of other works we need to complete on site, and I’ll update you again when we plan to complete the next pour.

At Eighton Banks, our pipelaying activity has met with unforeseen delays, notably the discovery of some uncharted services along our pipe route. This delay will mean that our work will very likely extend into the end of April in and around Galloping Green Road and Sandy Lane. Be assured that we will do everything we can to make up any delays as this is a benefit to both us and the community.

Traffic management will soon be in place from early to mid-March at The Mount Community Centre and the rear of Thomas Street, moving to the junction of Sandy Lane in early April to. Rest assured, we aim to keep disruptions to a minimum, with clear signage ensuring access to local businesses.

On the pipeline section between Springwell and Washington, work is moving steadily. We’re preparing for the arrival of cabins at our site compounds off the A195 next week, with additional setups expected at Pearth Hall Road and Leam Lane in early March. These satellite compounds are essential for the main pipe installation phase, which is set to ramp up from mid-March.

We’re thrilled to resume our drop-in sessions at the Cosy Café in Springwell Village community venue. Your feedback is incredibly important to us, so please feel free to pop by Thursdays between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm.

We are in the process of finalising dates for necessary temporary road closures required to construct pipelines, please keep an eye out for updates.

Your patience, understanding, and engagement with our project are greatly appreciated. We’re committed to keeping you informed and minimising any impact on your daily lives.

Stay tuned for further updates, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or feedback.

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