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News from the UK Civils Industry 3rd April 2019

Posted by: Melonie Debenham
Industry News

£35 million investment for Scunthorpe pump station

Keadby Pumping Station near Scunthorpe is to be given a new lease of life with a £35m investment from the Environment Agency (EA). The improvements will see the facility’s diesel pumps replaced by more reliable and efficient electric versions. This will reduce flood risk and lessen the station’s carbon footprint.

Keadby Pumping Station is used to manage water levels across the Isle of Axholme, which serves a 500km square area of North Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire.

The facility transfers flood water into the River Trent during high tides, reducing flood risk to more than 15,000 homes, 30,000 hectares of high-grade agricultural land, businesses, internationally important habitats, and critical infrastructure such as transport links, a power station and Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

The current station has reached the end of its working life, with pumps and equipment proving unreliable and costly to maintain. The investment scheme includes the construction of new electrical equipment buildings within the existing site and the rebuilding of the outfall headwall.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “The Isle of Axholme will benefit greatly from this £35m government funding which will better protect the local community and businesses from flooding for years to come. I am pleased to see the plan will not only bring more protection against flooding, but also have environmental benefits for wildlife and improve the health of the rivers in the area. I look forward to seeing the work completed.”

Andrew Haigh, the Environment Agency’s senior adviser for flood risk management, said: “We have been working in partnership with the local authorities and the Internal Drainage Boards on our plans to upgrade the current facility with new electric pumps and equipment that will increase reliability and efficiency, leading to more effective water level management in this area.”

Preparation is underway, and work is set to commence later this month. Full story.

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Yorkshire Water seeks £67 million partner

Yorkshire Water is seeking partners to operate on a framework for the provision of a wide range of infrastructure goods and services worth up to £67m.

When in place, the framework will provide Yorkshire Water with the ability to access a full range of infrastructure services which will include an increased speed to market, as well as advice and guidance through design, delivery and operation. The services will be accessed through competitive mini-tenders which the partners can elect to participate in. 

Yorkshire Water intends to implement a framework involving a small number of partners, who collectively will provide access to a broad set of goods, services and capabilities in IT infrastructure.

The utility is looking for partners with a strong track record in areas including: enterprise datacentre, hybrid cloud, DevOps and digital transformation; IT infrastructure modernisation and consolidation; primary network services for data and voice, including routing, switching, mobile and wireless; infrastructure security for the digital era; self-healing and self-optimising infrastructure; analytics technologies to forecast and nullify incidents before they occur; optimisation and support of legacy IT infrastructure; capabilities to source and deploy infrastructure quickly, efficiently, and securely.

The framework will run with initial three-year term with further extension options of three years and two years respectively. Full story.

Innovative system keeps roads clear and workers safe 

The UK is to benefit from revolutionary installation vehicles that reduce disruption for drivers going through roadworks, while simultaneously improving safety for road workers. The equipment has been developed by the WJ Group and is used to install the road studs or ‘cats’ eyes’ that help drivers stay in the right position on the road. 

The UK’s 12 million road studs all require maintenance. Traditionally, two lanes of the road need to be closed, resulting in disruption for drivers. The new bespoke design of the Guardian Road Stud Installation System allows the complete process to take place with just one lane closure, leaving extra space for drivers to get past. It also ensures protection for operatives within an integrated safety cell of an 18 tonne truck. From this safe position, road workers activate the drill, vacuum up debris, and place road studs before the vehicle moves onto the next position.

WJ Group’s managing director Wayne Johnston said: “We have been determined to provide better and safer ways of delivering services. Given our high-risk environment, it was imperative for us to champion these step-changes to protect vulnerable operatives, while also considering disruption to other road users.” Full story.

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