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By Nicola Wigington

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Work has started this week on replacing the old fencing around the intake site, see the before and after photos below.  These works are expected to be completed next week.

By Nicola Wigington

We've been making good progress carrying out non-intrusive surveys in preparation for the start of the construction works and are planning next week to undertake a ground investigation survey which will involve a small rig being brought to site to drill a hole into the ground by the intake.  This survey is to check the ground conditions in preparation for the installation of the control kiosk, several soil samples will be taken at different depths.  The surveying is planned to start on Monday 27th January, it will be done during normal working hours and is expected to last a maximum of two days.  There is likely to be some intermittent percussive noise while the borehole is being drilled, it may take up to 30 minutes to drill for each sample but there will be breaks in the drilling while the sample material is collected.  Our contract team will aim to keep any disturbance to a minimum. To provide safe access to site for the plant and equipment we will be temporarily installing traffic lights on the main B1354 Coltishall Road, just for the duration of the survey.  Vehicles will access and exit the Belaugh site via Back Lane as described on the Traffic Information tab of this website.  The traffic management will be removed after the survey works and will only be reinstated when it is required for the main construction works. We've recently undertaken a similar survey on our River Waveney site in Suffolk, so please take a look at the attached photos for reference. The following week (Monday 3rd February) work will start on replacing the stock fence around the site.  This should have minimal impact in terms of people and vehicles and the work is planned to take 1.5 weeks.

By Nicola Wigington

The project has entered the final stages, I'm very pleased to report that the 28 day trial was completed successfully and the new screens coped really well with the heavy flooding over the Christmas period.  The footpath has been reinstated and was reopened in December.  The last few stages of the scheme will include optimisation of the screen running times and a general site tidy up.

By Nicola Wigington

The screens have been running well since the installation last month, commissioning is nearly done so we're about to enter into the final testing period. The last few civils works are being completed, installing the fencing and making good the footpath ready for the diversion to be lifted, hopefully by mid-December.

By Nicola Wigington

Hi and thanks for visiting our community portal for the River Waveney at Shipmeadow Eel Regulations project. My name is Nicola and I'm the Project Manager of this scheme for Essex & Suffolk Water.  I'll be providing updates on behalf of the project team throughout the life of the scheme so please remember to check back regularly to follow our progress. We're planning to start works in January/February 2020, commencing with the temporary access track on the field, between Lock's Lane and the river. This will enable us to access the site safely with larger vehicles like the crane which will be used in the main installation later in the year.  You may also see some of our team and other contractors visiting the site to undertake surveys before the main works start in the New Year. To find out more about the project check out the various pages on this project site. If you have any queries, have a look at our FAQs or contact us via the comments. 

By Nicola Wigington

Hi everyone, We're planning to carry out a survey of the Belaugh pumping station and intake sites and the adjacent field this week using a drone (weather permitting).  I'd just like to reassure you all that the drone will be operated by our experienced, licenced operator and it will be programmed specifically to capture images relevant to the site works, no residential properties or land will be included in the survey or stored. If you have any queries please feel free to get in touch via the comments below.

By Nicola Wigington

Hi and thanks for visiting our community portal for the River Bure at Belaugh Eel Regulations scheme.  My name is Nicola and I’m the Project Manager for Essex & Suffolk Water.  I’ll be providing updates on behalf of our project team throughout the life of the scheme so please remember to check back regularly to follow our progress. We’re planning to start works in January/February 2020, commencing with the temporary access track between the pumping station site and the river.  This will enable us to access the site safely with large vehicles like the crane which will be used in the main installation later in the year.  You may also see some of our team and other contractors visiting the site to undertake surveys before the main works start in the New Year. We held a great interactive session with local residents at the village meeting on 31st October.  From that we've listened to your concerns and are reviewing the plans for traffic management to minimise disruption whilst maintaining safe access for all road users.  We need to discuss these options further with our traffic management experts and the Highways Authority and when we have any developments I'll add an update to this portal.  For more details please also check out the 'Traffic Information’ tab and click on the roadworks icons. To find out more about the project check out the various pages on this project site.  If you have any queries, have a look at our FAQs or contact us via the comments. 

By Nicola Wigington

Excellent progress made last week, the eel screens have been lifted into place so commissioning and testing can now begin!

By Nicola Wigington

The project is really starting to develop now.  Deliveries for some of the larger items have been happening over the last couple of weeks and the main kiosk and framework are now in place.

By Nicola Wigington

Work is now well underway at the river, installing the concrete bases for the new kiosks and divers have been in the water preparing the base for the new eel screens to be laid onto. Beautiful weather today as well!

By Kevin Packard

It's been a little while since I last updated you on this project but I'm pleased to report that a good deal of progress has been made! Much of the redundant equipment has now been removed, new high-voltage (HV) cabling has been installed and the new HV switchgear is now in place within the station. As reported last time, removal of the old pump plinths proved to be quite a difficult task due to the amount of concrete used in the original construction but finally the first two of the old 1930's pumps have been removed! After preparing the new mounting bases, the first two new raw water pumps have now been lowered into position. In the coming weeks, the new system will be gradually energised and the pumps commissioned to give their required output volume. Throughout the work, the station has been kept operational with the remaining old pumps pumping raw water from the river up to Abberton Reservoir. Following a period of trial, the new pumps will take over duty to provide the water and the "other half" of the pumping station will be turned off. At this stage, work will commence to remove the remaining old units and preparations will start to install the final two new pumps. There are several other associated enhancements to be done within the pumping station and I will add further updates as the work progresses. As always, should you require any further information, please feel free to contact the team via this portal. Regards, Kevin

By Nicola Wigington

We're starting to set up the working part of the site near to the river now so you'll soon start to see some new fences being put up and the footpath diversion will shortly be in place. Because we'll be using a crane to lift the screens and associated framework over the current footpath and into the river we need to close the existing footpath to keep everyone safe. Look out for the footpath closure signs and follow the diversion route. When we have large vehicles moving to and from the site you may be asked to wait a few moments for the vehicles to manouevre safely. Please respect the site fencing, signage and instructions of our team for your own safety. There is a simple diagram attached to this update indicating the approximate locations of the footpath closure and of the diversion route.  Please click on the picture to see a larger version.