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Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor (Phase 3)

Northumbrian Water is planning to carry out water and waste-water diversions and modifications of our network in advance of the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor Phase 3. The new dual carriageway which is planned to start in the Summer of 2019, will link the new south side road infrastructure of the Northern Spire bridge to A183 St Mary's Boulevard - A1231 St Michael's Way roundabout. Our supply partners, Esh-MWH will be undertaking this works on our behalf.

Project updates

Update by Dave Eden

Hi everyone,

I thought it was about time to recommence these Portal updates as we are now working on both Deptford Terrace, outside of Liebherr and on Beach Street between the Kings Arms and the B&Q access.

First things first - we are still working despite COVID 19. This is because we are working on the drinking water network and in line with government advice we are considered critical workers and a high priority project - everyone needs drinking water after all. Rest assured that we are, and will continue to, abide by the governments advice and will endeavour to remain 2m apart at all times and have increased hygiene levels with more frequent cleaning and hand washing. We have also taken a number of other measure such as staggering breaks and providing operatives with extra vehicles so they can travel alone. Where possible management is working from home and anyone with symptoms or a house mate with symptoms is self isolating.

Liebherr

Work has restarted in the cobbled area and footpath right outside the Liebherr entrance to connect Liebherr to the new water main. which is rather more complicated than it sounds. This area has been in limbo for quite some time but now that all the issues have been ironed out and other priorities taken care of we are confident this works will be completed in the coming weeks. We do not expect this works to impact on Deptford Terrace itself although pedestrians will have to use the opposite footpath.

Beach Street

Work has commenced on Beach street to reduce the size of the existing main by inserting a smaller main into it. This is due to the reduced demand for water on this section of the main following our other works, meaning a larger main carries too much water which in turn means the water has the potential to go stale. This work is around 30% complete but unfortunately COVID-19 has caused our specialist sub-contractors to pull off site for the time being. The excavations have been made safe and we will continue to monitor and review as the governments advice is updated.

 

Thanks for taking the time to visit the portal and read out update and as always thanks for you patience and understanding.

Stay Well, Stay Safe.

Dave

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Update by Christine Taylor

Good morning,

We wanted to take this opportunity to wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2020.  We would also like to thank you all for your patience and understanding whilst we have carried out our works, thank you for being amazing!

As you can see by the picture my team are in the festive mood.  Both Tony and Becky are taking time off to be with their loved ones over Christmas along with the site teams, but wanted to show off their Christmas jumpers.

I will be working over the Christmas and New Year period if you have any concerns.  You can contact me by commenting on this post or alternatively calling 03457 171100.

Merry Christmas, stay safe and be kind.

Christine

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Update by Dave Eden

Morning all,

As you may have noticed we are in the process of tidying and securing site for the Christmas break. We will be finished tomorrow (Friday 20/12/19) and don't intend to return until Monday 06/01/20. Hopefully this will help you all have a relaxing and disruption free holiday period.

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming year.

Thanks for all your patience over the last 12 months

 

Dave Eden

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Update by Dave Eden

Morning everyone,

Time for another update on SSTC Phase 3:

 

Hannover Place

All works complete with the exception of one connection in the footpath between Hannover Place Pub and Liebherr plus some final reinstatement of the road and footpath.

 

Deptford Place

All works complete bar one customer connection which can be seen fenced off outside the Liebherr access plus some final footpath reinstatements. Due to issues with some other services clashing with NWGs water main this area is on hold until we design a solution. No work major expected until the new year.

 

Farringdon Row

All Works complete bar some surface box removal - fire hydrant covers and the like - plus some final footpath reinstatements.

 

Beech Street

Works starting in the new year to improve the water main. This will be done using pipe lining rather than opening a long trench so disruption will be kept to a minimum though some excavation will be required

 

We aren't expecting to do any major works in any of the above areas until into the new year with the possible exception of reinstating footpaths. I'll take a pause from these 2 weekly updates for the time being as I don't expect there to be any changes until into the new year but rest assured I will let you know as soon as there is.

We do have continuing works on the water mains within the main road contract however updates on those area are the responsibility of the principle contractor - Just because you don't see updates here does not mean we aren't working.

 

Thanks

Dave Eden

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Update by Dave Eden

Morning everyone.

 

It’s time for another fortnightly update on SSTC Ph3

 

Farringdon Row.

All works are complete on Farringdon Row with the exception of 3 small patches of footpath. We hope to get these polished off in the next 2 weeks so we can remove our remaining fencing. I don’t expect these to cause any major inconvenience.

 

Hannover Place.

The main works on Hannover place are complete and we have been carrying out the connections to the various businesses this week. There is a short section of road outside the Hannover Place public house with a lane closure under two-way lights to facilitate one of the connections and some excavations in the footpaths for the rest.

All connections have now been completed and reinstatement will take place over the next few days to allow the lane to be reopened and the fencing to be removed.

The cobbled and footpath area outside the timber yard has now been reinstated and reopened though there will be another visit to this area next year.

 

Liebherr

NGN have started works outside Liebherr in the cobbled area to divert the gas main. Once this works is complete, we can look at our water main works, but I have no estimates at this time.

 

Deptford Terrace

The extra works here have been completed and excavations outside the Bus Depot and the Saltgrass public house have been reinstated. There may be some small visits in the future to carry out permanent reinstatement where the road surface is currently temporary.

 

Thanks for your on-going patience and please look through the photos attached.

 

Dave Eden

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Update by Dave Eden

Afternoon everyone.

I'd like to give you all an update on the water main diversion works on SSTC Phase 3

Farringdon Row.

As promised last time we have removed the 3 way lights on Farringdon Row and the road is fully open. Please bear with us whilst we complete the few outstanding footpath reinstatements. No further disruption is intended in this area for the water mains.

Hannover Place.

As mentioned last time, Hannover Place is now open except for the area fenced off outside the Saltgrass which remains passable with care. This area should be resurfaced at some point next week and opened to traffic. There are still some private connections and the final resurfacing to some area to do in the upcoming weeks but these should have minimal impact.

The area of footpath fenced off outside the timber yard will also be reinstated next week though please bear in mind that this will not be the final product as some future changes are still required.

Deptford Terrace

The extra work on Deptford Terrace near the Bus Depot including the lane closure under 2-way traffic lights and the excavation outside the bus depot entrance is nearing completion. We have backfilled all the excavations and intend to resurface at some point next week along with the area outside the Saltgrass.

The fenced off area in the verge outside Liebherr will remain closed for the time being.

 

I've also added a few photos for those who're interested.

 

Thanks for your on going patience.

Dave Eden

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Update by Dave Eden

Hi all.

First of all apologies for the lack of updates recently. Mark has moved on to another position so I've taken over these updates moving forwards.

After some issues recently we are currently making good progress:

Farringdon Row.

We have three way lights in place on Farringdon Row behind Currys, Halford, B&Q. etc. These have been on much longer than intended whilst we ensured that no business lost supply in the change over to the new water main. The issues have been ironed out now and we hope to remove the traffic lights by end of work Friday, if not then early next week.

Hannover Place.

I'm happy to report that the vast majority of the traffic management has been removed and the road was opened as of Friday 18/10/19. The is still an area fenced off outside the Saltgrass but this is passable with care. There will be some private connections to do in the upcoming weeks but these should have minimum impact. The will also need to be a further visit for resurfacing in some areas but this will be very short term.

Deptford Terrace

We are carrying out some further work on Deptford Terrace near the Bus Depot which has required us to close one lane under 2-way traffic lights. We also have an excavation open outside the bus depot entrance but this is passable in both directions. We expect this work to last a further 3 weeks.

I've also added a few photos for those who're interested.

Thanks

Dave Eden

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Update by Mark Robinson

Afternoon everyone,

It's been a while since our last update, we've been very busy trying to move along the various work areas throughout Deptford.

Deptford Terrace pipe installation is now complete and at the time of writing, we are laying tarmac to the last small section of road. There is now 405m of water main installed, live and feeding customers along the way. We've had a few challenges and set backs but overcome them all and now ready to move further along the road.

This takes our works into Hanover Place, moving from the Saltgrass Pub towards the Hanover pub. There will be a road closure starting this Monday 3rd June, with local access to the businesses from Beach St. It will be closed from outside the Saltgrass. This will be a rolling closure in small sections moving up the road to eventually tie in with the Farringdon Row installation.

Farringdon Row has progressed well in the last few weeks. We've encountered a large number of buried electric cables all the way along this road, some as deep as 3m!! With some assistance from NPG, we've crossed all of these and have now excavated up to the former MOJ site, just North of the A1231 roundabout. We are currently welding the new pipe together and by the middle of next week, will have this installed before starting the commissioning phase. The closure will remain in place to complete these works from the A1231 to the retail park before reinstating the road and moving into the former MOJ site. 

I'll provide a further update next week and get some recent progress photos to you all as well.

Have a great weekend,

Mark

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Update by Mark Robinson

Morning Everyone,

Another busy few weeks here at SSTC, working along both Deptford Terrace and Farringdon Row. Since my last post, we have moved into the next sections of road and progressing with the pipe installation. Farringdon has had a few issues to say the least, encountering a large volume of buried electric cables up to three meters deep! This has resulted in significant loss of production but we are working hard to overcome the issues and catch up.

Deptford Terrace - Now working from the bus depot entrance down to Liebherr, the team has excavated a trench down the bank and the pipe has been installed as far as the former Alex Smiles yard. Great progress made since closing this section of road and we are hopeful it will continue. We have carried out a few investigative trial holes just outside Liebherr to determine the best connection locations to maintain water supply. We are waiting on key components being delivered today which will be welded onto the pipe above ground before being installed. In the next couple of days, we'll be speaking with all concerned to progress the road closure, capturing the Eastern Bus Depot entrance as well as Liebherr, before we plan the excavation further along Deptford Terrace. This may well be 'out of hours' so I'll ensure another post goes out before works commence should this be the case to give you all additional information.

Farringdon Row - A lot of hard work has gone into this next section since moving up the road on Monday 11th March. Unfortunately, no pipe installed. This is due to the large volume of cables we have encountered which I refered to above. The cables range anywhere between 0.9 - 3m deep and many clash with our pipe. Therefore, extensive hand excavation has been required to depth, before installing temporary works to protect the excavation and more importantly, personnel working inside it. We are working closely with Northern Power Grid to indentiy the cables and have them removed. We're conitnuiing with the excavation this week, hopefully lifting up to a shallower depth before moving onto pipework next week.

Plenty photos from the period to show how we've progressed. 

More from me soon,

Mark

 

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Update by Mark Robinson

Hello,

It's been a very busy few weeks here at SSTC, with works progressing well across the project. After a lot of hard work from the entire project team, I am pleased to announce the first two sections of water main have been commissioned and are now feeding customers along Deptford Terrace and Farringdon Row. Two down, many more to go!!

Deptford Terrace - 170m of new water main installed, commissioned and surfacing works are now complete to the section of road we excavated. The road is now open from A1231 (Queen Alexander bridge) to the bus depot. For access to Liebherr and other businesses along Deptford/Hanover a diversion has been established further East along the A1231, following Beach St.

We have commenced trial holes and further investigation in the new section of road with a view to begin excavating and laying pipe this week.

Farringdon Row - 235m of new water main installed, commissioned and works are currently underway surfacing the carriageway and footpaths from the Timber Supplies up to the B & Q delivery yard. We have also connected the last few customers onto the new main, which was carried out over the weekend. A nightshift isolation of the existing pipe allowed the water to be shut down to connect B & Q and Home Bargains. 

Today, we'll be moving up to the next section; B & Q to the retail park entrance. This will mean HGV's wishing to access the B & Q/Homebargains yard will do so via Beach St off the A1231. 

A few more trial holes to determine the exact route for the new pipe and we'll be off again, laying the new 450mm dia. main.

I'll send another update later this week when we have moved but in the meantime, take a look at some of our recent progress photos.

Thanks,

Mark

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