Posted August 4, 2020
A GB£800k contract has been awarded for works at the UK’s Wroughton Reservoir which will ensure it can continue its essential role in storm water attenuation in the area, despite it no longer being operational as a water storage for potable supply.
Land & Water has been awarded the contract at the Wroughton Reservoir in south Swindon, on behalf of client Thames Water. The works are due to start in August and are a joint venture with Costain, Atkins and Black & Veatch.
Tom Cartmel, project manager at Land & Water, said: “Our primary focus is maintaining the safety of the reservoir but we are also ensuring the works are being carried out in a way that is sympathetic to existing mature trees, maintaining our responsibility to the local habitat.”
With the initial planning stages highlighting potential access challenges to the site, the experts at Land & Water were chosen as a result of the company’s specialist plant and equipment combined with its knowledge surrounding the reuse of materials.
Using long reach excavators fitted with specialist attachments to enable safe working, and tracked dumpers, Land & Water will be constructing temporary access routes to and from the site, before removing trees and roots from the existing dam. The team will also be reinstating an earth slip to the south east corner of the reservoir, installing new headwalls and associated pipework, replacing existing bypass culverts, constructing seepage monitoring points and restoring existing water level operating controls.
The project is due to be completed in November.
By Rebecca Jeffrey