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Wooler Wastewater Treatment Works

Install chemical dosing to improve treatment of flows and, in particular, to control the level of phosphorus discharges to Wooler Water, to the satisfaction of the Environment Agency. Construct two new radial Primary Settlement Tanks and ancillary equipment to improve separation of solids for removal by road tanker. Improvements to screening at inlet chambers, plus mid-pipeline pumping station and emergency generator to safeguard the Works in the event of a local power failure. Refurbishment of welfare building.

Project updates

Update by Joan Tatters

Hello,

Yesterday I was out and about in the village dropping in letters explaining  the deliveries we are expecting next week.

Week commencing 7th October we will be taking delivery of two large pre-fabricated cabins which house the dosing equipment essential to controlling the level of discharges to the river. Since these contain important (and sometimes delicate) devices, they need to be in a weatherproof structure.

On Monday 7th we will be preparing the site to accept delivery of the cabins and as they are of considerable size the vehicles delivering them will require enhanced space. This means we will need to reconfigure the existing fence and gate arrangement to both the vehicular and pedestrian entrances (which are actively used by walkers) and slightly prune back any overhanging branches.

Tuesday 8th, they are planned to arrive morning and lunchtime respectively and with that in mind we graciously request customers not to park any vehicles at the entrance of the site for safety reasons during this time. Later that day the team will reinstate the fence and gates to the public walkway, ensuring all is back to normal as quickly as possible.

Your health and safety are paramount to us and if you are out and about during this time please be that little more vigilant.

Thank you for your co-operation and patience during our work we really do appreciate it.

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Afternoon,

After visiting site this morning I thought I'd let you know the progress......

We are progressing well and to programme and whilst Gary is away on his honeymoon, Steve Masters will be looking after the site.

Steve has plenty of experience and he has been currently working at another one of our sites in Northumberland, this time at Murton Water Treatment Works, check out his photo.

Installing the primary settlement tanks have gone well, they have been filled with water and have been passed which means the sheet piling holding them can be removed next week, that happening is a milestone for this job.

Please don't forget please get in touch if you want to ask me any questions about the project.

 

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Update by Roger Smith

Good Afternoon,

Just following on from Joan's post, I thought I'd add a little more............

Progress has continued on site, and thankfully with few setbacks due to occasional downpours. Our main focus has been the construction of the two Primary Settlement Tanks , which are a combination of large pre-cast concrete components (you may have noticed some being transported to site) with poured concrete and reinforcement bars ‘stitching ‘ the sections together.  So- few setbacks ?  Yes, even though the excavations for these Tanks are much lower than ground level, occasional pumping has been effective in controlling groundwater levels, hence no unplanned interruptions.

Aside of the above, some new below-ground pipelines have been installed, and a new generator plinth to ensure the continuous running of pumps in the event of a local power cut. In the next few weeks we will commence the large concrete plinths to house the Chemical Dosing Kiosks , which are fundamental to managing the amount of discharge to the Wooler Water.

Lastly, many of you will have noticed the major earthworks adjacent to the road to Chatton. This is part of the proposed housing development , in which Northumbrian Water are not involved, aside of arranging the usual connections.

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Afternoon,

No words.................actions speak louder

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Morning All,

Here is your update

This is the hopper unit within the primary settlement tanks which has now all pipework installed.

The concrete blinding is being placed for the pre-cast wall units that arrived last Monday. There will be the need to use a large crane so please be that little more vigilant if you are travelling through Wooler. 

Here is a little montage of photos for you.

 

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Update by Gabrielle Ward

Good Morning All,

Just a quick update for you!

Construction work is progressing well , helped by the generally good weather that we have experienced during the initial earthworks. The metal sheet piles holding-up the deep excavations for the two new biological filters thankfully went into soft river basin soils (no boulders !) so these could be pushed in using vibratory techniques, avoiding the noisier 'hammer' technique more common in harder ground. We are currently transporting crushed rock to form a layer in the bottom of these 2 large holes (before concrete is poured on top) ..hence there will be more frequent lorry movements through the main gate on the B6348 Chatton Road. Current thinking suggests that this period will actually be the busiest in terms of lorry movements.  But some heavier one-off components are due for delivery soon , so please approach the Metal Bridge slowly (especially when heading towards Town Centre) in case a wide load is approaching the narrow section of the bridge.  In summary - all going well to date - and we remain on schedule !!

 

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Morning,

Hope you had a great Bank Holiday.

Just a quick update...........

Gary and the team are making great headway..........they have started to excavate and pile for the 1st primary settlement tank. It's a lengthy process that will  take approximately 2 weeks to fully excavate and base out.

Here are a couple of shots of the machine lowering frames which will brace the sheet piles.

 

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Morning,

Well, what a difference 4 weeks make!!!!

Gary and the team have been soldiering on setting up the compound and generally gettting things in place to start the work. Here are some photos from site. I will be up there next week and will drop in and see a few of you just to see how things have been going.

Don't forget if you want to ask me any questions please feel free or if you see any of the team they will always be happy to help.

Joan

 

 

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Afternoon,

Following on from Roger's blog, I thought it prudent to introduce the Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) team who will be working on behalf of Northumbrian Water on this project.

Gary Theakston          -         Site Manager, he will be managing the day to day operations

Callum Godfrey           -         Apprentice Site Engineer, who will be assisting Gary.

John Goose                 -        Contract Manager, who will oversee the project from MMB's perspective

Joan Tatters                -         Customer Liaison Officer, who will be writing, talking and answering any questions you have about the project.

As Roger states, we will be starting the work Monday morning and our working day will be from 07.30hrs to 17.30hrs approximately, we don't have any plans to work weekends. To be honest you may not see much of us as the work is within the grounds of the works, about half a mile from the entrance gates. Speaking of which we plan to move the gates back and temporarily remove the cattle grid. This is to ensure we and other contractors enter and exit safely without disruption to other road users and residents. For those of you who walk  your four legged friends or otherwise, that access gate will remain open.

Gary and I dropped in some letters to residents last week explaining our work, so should you see us, it won't be too much of a surprise. It was lovely chatting to you and we would like to thank you in advance of your co-ooperation.

Don't forget ask away if you have any questions

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Update by Roger Smith

Good Afternoon,

I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce my self, I am Roger Smith, Project Manager for Northumbrian Water and I will be looking after this project throughout it's life.

Designs are sufficiently progressed for us to make a start within the main Works on Monday 8 April 2019.

You may notice a degree of increased activity, with more vehicles using the main gate, this has been a Minor Works Contract for refurbishment of the existing welfare building, which will be finished in a weeks time. Two reasons for the latter; firstly to provide up-to-date facilities for our maintenance teams during their regular visits, and secondly to reduce the number of portable cabins required by our Contractor during the coming months

This not only keeps the cost down, it also reduces the number of HGV movements, and results in fewer CO2 emissions.

Early works on the main Contract will include topsoil scrape and storage, bringing in granular material for site access roads, lifting the (smaller number of) cabins into position, and forming a temporary parking area. All within the existing fence line.

We have few , if any, demolitions to carry out. So the loudest noise you’re likely to hear should be a wagon coming in-and-out of the entrance !!

If you have any questions about the project please do not hesitate to contact me either using the portal or using the "contact us" button at the top of the project page.

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