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Whitton Village Sewer Diversion

Northumbrian Water is looking to investing £2M to improve the resilience and enhance the performance of the sewer network in Whitton Village Northumberland.

Project updates

Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good afternoon all, hope you are all enjoying the fantastic weather we have been blessed with this week. It’s been a couple of weeks since Ian provided you an update so thought I could let you know what we have achieve since then. The teams have been busy on Whitton bank and have now installed both pipelines, and we are currently on with building 2 manhole chambers on the bank. The traffic management on Whitton Bank will be removed toward the back end of next week.

Week commencing the 8th June we will be commencing work through Whitton Village on the hamlet for approximately 6 weeks which will involve a road closure, I have included a copy of the traffic management plan for your info. Please be assured access will be maintained for all residents in the area.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hessite to comment below, alternatively you can use the contact us at the top of this page and one of the project team will be in contact.

Thanks

Sarah

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Update by Ian Davison

Hi

 

I hope you all remain well, I am sure you will have noticed a lot more activity on Whitton Bank last week. Here’s a quick note of progress on how the site team have been progressing.

 

The works are continuing as planned with the direction drillers onsite and the trenchless installation of the rising main and sewer underway. The rising main (pumped sewer) has been successfully installed between the top of the Bank and the new pumping station position in the field, the sewer is installed to its central point about half way down the bank. This week it is hoped to get the sewer down to the manhole position adjacent to the pumping station in the road and commence the construction of the manholes in Whitton Bank.

The contractor has continued to prepare the site compound and we hope to establish the remainder of the site cabins later in the week and remove the temporary set up from the riverside car park. In the field off Caterside Rd / Silverton Lane the drive and reception pits have been excavated for the directional drilling of the rising main and stock proof fencing erected to protect the animals from the working area. The rising main installation will commence on completion of the works on Whitton Bank.

 

I would like to thank you for you continued patience and understanding during these works, as always if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

 

Thanks

Ian

 

 

 

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good afternoon, quick post to let you know there was a problem with the traffic management when it was installed. It has been removed temporarily and will be put back up on Monday.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Thanks 

Sarah

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good Afternoon,

I would take this opportunity to introduce you to our Mott MacDonald Bentley team. I am Sarah Jayne Vickers, Customer Liaison Officer and I will take care of all our customer queries of concerns during the project. You will notice, I will updating the portal throughout the project so please feel free to contact me by commenting on the post or the "Contact Us" on the top of the page.

Jason Bradley is our Contract Manager who will be overseeing the project, then we have Steve Dovaston our Site Manager supported by Scott Povey the engineer, who will manage the day to day activities.

Our work commenced yesterday on Monday 27th April is is due for completion December 2020, however this could be subject to change. We will continue to monitor and follow UK Government guidance regarding the ongoing situation of Covid-19.

MMB have secured permission to temporarily use the carpark in Rothbury for a site compound, whilst in our use this will be kept secure and not unavailable for public use. We will then move into our compound in the field adj to Whitton bank for the remainder over the coming weeks and will update you closer to the time. 

Traffic management of a single lane closure will be put up on Whitton bank this week in preparation for the excavation of the launch/reception pits, where we will start the directional drilling along the bank. For anyone who is interested in seeing what directional drilling is and how this works Click Here for a short video explaining the process. The drilling work is scheduled to last for approximately 6 weeks

We will continue to follow UK Government guidance regarding the ongoing situation of Covid-19 and are committed to continue with our site operations whilst safeguarding the wellbeing of our operatives.

I'll continue to update you all on how the works progress but in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me on sarahjayne.vickers@jnbentley.co.uk you have any questions or concerns.

The Government guidance for Covid-19 can be found following the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Thanks and stay safe.

Sarah

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Update by Ian Davison

Hi

I hope you all remain well.

I thought I would take this opportunity to provide you with a look-ahead and more details with respect to the traffic managements proposed on Whitton Bank.

The main works will commence as planned on the 27th April. We have been working with our supply partner Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) on alternative construction techniques. I can confirm that MMB will adopt a trenchless method of construction for both the rising main and gravity sewer on Whitton Bank. The pipe line's will be installed by directional drilling, a traditional open cut installation was initially proposed. Adopting this trenchless method of installation will result in a reduction in the time and disruption associated with this element of the work. We continue to work on the detail but it’s likely that there will be a drill pit about half way up the Bank, a pit in the field at the site of the SPS and one at the top of the bank on the junction. A single lane closure will be required around these pits with "smart" traffic lights utilised, these are radar activated and sense oncoming traffic switching accordingly if no queuing traffic in the opposite direction. The works on the Bank are scheduled to commence WC 4th May for approximately 6 weeks.

We will continue to monitor and follow UK Government guidance regarding the emerging situation of Covid-19. We are committed to the safeguarding and wellbeing of our operatives and customers, our staff are all maintaining a social distance of two metres and we ask that during this difficult time that you also maintain a social distance from our staff.

We will continue to update you all on how the works progress but in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me or Sarah if you have any questions or concerns.

Thanks You

Ian

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good Morning, we would just like to take this time to provide you with a quick update.

We are continuing to make progress with our investigation works. Trial holes on Whitton Bank are completed, we are now working our way along the Hamlet (unnaned road) and will continue to do so over the next couple of weeks. These investigations are part of the essential upgrades to the sewer network in the area, to ensure we can supply a reliable wastewater service now and into the future.

We will continue to monitor and follow UK Government guidance regarding the emerging situation of Covid-19.

We are committed to the safeguarding and wellbeing of our operatives and customers, our staff are all maintaining a social distance of two metres and we ask that during this difficult time that you also maintain a social distance from our staff.

I'll continue to update you all on how the works progress but in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me on sarahjayne.vickers@jnbentley.co.uk you have any questions or concerns.

The Government guidance can be found following the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Thanks

Sarah 

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Update by Ian Davison

Hi

Just a quick note to advise that as part of the project, we need to investigate the location and depth of all underground services along the route of the proposed new sewer and rising main (pumped sewer).

This work will involve the use of machinery to excavate shallow inspection pits / trenches within the road and verge to expose and record buried utility cables and pipelines. Traffic lights will be required while this work takes place, but the road will remain open and access maintained to all properties. The highway will be fully reinstated upon completion.

The plan shows the locations of the trial holes. This work is planned to commence on 16 March 2020 and will take up to two weeks to complete. The site team will do everything they can to minimise any inconvenience caused by this and will make sure that the work is carried out safely. Once we are on site, if you are going to be directly affected by our work, our site team will contact you in advance.

 

Many Thanks

Ian

Trial Hole Plan

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Update by Ian Davison

Hi

Just a quick note to advise that we continue to develop the design and remain on programme to commence the construction works in Spring 2020. We are working towards an early May start we will be writing to you in advance of the works and aim to hold a customer information drop in event in April. We are in the process of securing a venue, I will contact you about this in advance of the event taking place.

We plan to undertake some survey work over the coming weekend 360 (Three Sixty Group) will be onsite on Saturday 15th February. This is non-intrusive work, no access to property will be required and all work will be carried out from the highway.

I will continue to keep you up to date with our plans for this work as we get closer to the start date.

Have a great weekend

Ian

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Update by Ian Davison

Hi

I hope you are all well and apologies for not being in touch for a little while

I can now confirm that the pumping station concept has been further developed and approval has been secured to progress into the design and construction stage.

We are now working towards beginning construction in Spring 2020. The works will include a new sewer from Whitton to the proposed pumping station, a rising main (pumped sewer) up Whitton Bank, along Caterside Road discharging into a new gravity sewer constructed in Silverton Lane. The sewer will connect into the drainage network which serves the recently constructed housing development, before eventually draining to Rothbury sewage treatment works. I have posted a plan on the Planned worked tab entitle Schematic (November 2019).

We aim to hold a customer information drop in event later in the New Year and I will contact you about this in advance of the event taking place. I will continue to keep you up to date with our plans for this work.

Regards

Ian

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Update by Ian Davison

Good morning I hope everyone remains well

Apologies for not being in touch for a while. I thought I would drop a line of update on progress and advise of some imminent site work. 

I mentioned previously that our design team had identified a solution that would see a new sewer installed within Whitton Bank Road. In order to minimise disruption during the construction phase it is hoped that the new sewer can be installed within the eastern verge. To establish if a suitable service corridor exists our contractor plans to be onsite week commencing 9th September excavating trial holes to establish the location and level of the existing services. This work will involve the use of machinery to excavate a shallow inspection trenches, which may extend into the road, to expose and record buried utility cables and pipelines. 

The location of the trial holes are show on the plan posted on the planned works tab. Traffic management will be required, if it is necessary to extend the trial holes into highway the road will be fully reinstated. This work will take up to 10 working days, the site team will do everything they can to minimise any inconvenience caused by this and will ensure that the work is carried out safely.

We remain on programme for a late Autumn start, the works will be delivered in a single operation rather than the phased approach as indicated on the schematic posted in April (planned works tab). The alignment of the sewer at the eastern end of Silverton Lane is under review, we hope to realign the sewer in the vicinity of Dr Thomlinson Middle School.

We will continue to keep you informed as we get closer to the start date.

Best Wishes

Ian

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