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By Nicola Wigington

The team have continued with the ground works this week in preparation for the piling to be carried out next week, that's planned for between Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th July.

By Nicola Wigington

We haven't had the full report back from the archaeologists yet but Norfolk County Council have reviewed it and given us the green light to continue with the piling works next week. The piles have been re-sited so they won't interfere with the flint wall in any way. The piling is now planned for Thursday 16th and Friday 17th. This week the team have continued on grounds preparation works and installing some ducting. They had a fabulous view of the river today with the sun perfectly placed for a mirror effect. There are definitely worse places to work!

By Nicola Wigington

The piling works were due to be completed this week but were put on hold when the team spotted an old flint wall at the edge of the excavation for the preparatory works. We called in some archaeologists to take a look and assess the findings. Norfolk heritage records indicate it to be the remnants of an old drainage mill, possibly from the 19th century but we'll wait for the archaeological report to verify this. In the meantime, the team have moved the excavation and the planned location of the piles away from the wall to avoid causing any damage. The piling has been rescheduled for the week beginning Monday 13th July, pending the outputs of the archaeologist's report.

By Nicola Wigington

The project is progressing well and on schedule. This week the team have been working on preparatory groundworks.  Handrailing on the bridge over New Dyke has been completed (see photo) and some additional ducting has been installed up to the location of the new kiosk. The piling works were originally planned for this week but have been rescheduled due to subcontractor availability so it's now due to be done in the week beginning Monday 13th July.

By Nicola Wigington

Works are continuing this week at the river intake, installing handrailing on the existing concrete bridge over New Dyke to make it safer to cross and preparing for the piling works which are due to start in the week commencing 29th June. The piling will create a foundation to support the new control kiosk and there will be three piles installed. The work 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 piles are driven in (similar to the ground investigation borehole works that were done in January). Our installation team will aim to keep any disturbance to a minimum and the piling technique chosen for this job is 'bottom driven' which is a much quieter method than traditional top hammering techniques. The photos attached to this update show the initial ground preparations that have been done for the kiosk installation.

By Nicola Wigington

Works are starting this week on site establishment, setting up a welfare area within the grounds of the pumping station and preparing for the piling works which are due to start in the week commencing 29th June. The piling will create a foundation to support the new control kiosk and there will be three piles installed. The work 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 piles are driven in (similar to the ground investigation borehole works that were done in January). Our installation team will aim to keep any disturbance to a minimum and the piling technique chosen for this job is 'bottom driven' which is a much quieter method than traditional top hammering techniques.

By Nicola Wigington

Site establishment will begin at Waveney next week (from Monday 8th June). The welfare, storage and parking area will be set up in the field just to the west of the Pumping Station site at the top of Lock's Lane. At the river, preparations will be made for the piling works which we expect will start towards the end of June. More details will follow when the dates are confirmed.

By Nicola Wigington

Site establishment will begin at Belaugh in a couple of weeks' time (from Monday 15th June). The welfare and storage area will be set up at the Pumping Station site. At the river, preparations will be made for the piling works which we expect will start towards the end of June. More details will follow when the dates are confirmed.

By Kevin Packard

Hi. Work on site has managed to progress rapidly despite the current Covid-19 pandemic. Our partners IWS have implemented many changes to site working practices in order to work safely and have coped well with both the physical restrictions imposed and indeed with the difficulties of finding good and safe local accommodation to enable a full working week. We are now running the site completely on our new high voltage (HV) system components having finally dispensed with our old supply feed during a pre-arranged power outage with UK Power Networks on 18th May. This now allows us to remove all the old power equipment located in the pumping station basement which was never the best location in a building next to a river that is known to flood! Not that there is very much water to extract at the moment (with May looking likely to be the driest ever on record), but we are currently running on the first 2 of our newly installed pumps. The remainder of the station has been drained down and by the end of this week, the last 2 of the five old pumps will have been removed. These were the "new ones", having only been there since 1952 so they haven't done too bad! Once all the old cabling and ancilliary equipment has been removed, we will be shortly commencing the second 2 brand new pumps and working towards getting these commissioned and put into service. Additionally, we will be making preparations for the new bandscreen at the actual river intake. The old screens have to be replaced not just due to their age & condition but to conform to The Eels (England and Wales) Regulations 2009, something we are legally bound to comply with. The screens are similar in operation to the existing rotating ones but have a finer mesh to prevent accidental extraction of eels and elvers which are now a protected species. As usual, if you have any queries or questions, please contact me via this portal. Enjoy the warm weather and stay safe. Kevin

By Nicola Wigington

We're expecting to start on site in the next few weeks and in the lead up to this our contract team have been working hard to finalise the designs. They have provided a 3D model to give you an idea of what the final installation will look like (click on the thumbnail picture to see an expanded view). You can see on the model the four cylindrical screens underwater, the protective floating boom in front of the screens and the kiosk that will house the rest of the equipment.

By Nicola Wigington

We're expecting to start on site in the next few weeks and in the lead up to this our contract team have been working hard to finalise the designs. They have provided a 3D model to give you an idea of what the final installation will look like (click on the thumbnail picture to see an expanded view). You can see on the model the three cylindrical screens underwater, the floating boom in front of the screens to separate them from passing river traffic and the kiosk that will house the rest of the equipment.

By Nicola Wigington

As mentioned in my previous update, our projects have been reviewed taking into account the benefits as well as our ability to deliver them safely and this project has been given approval to proceed. Although the main driver for the Eel Screens Programme is regulatory we are also replacing the existing outdated screening systems, for the Waveney project this means that there will be a significant improvement in the resilience of the supplies to over 42,000 properties in Suffolk. Our works will take place in line with the government guidance on social distancing and sanitation. Any part of the works that cannot be carried out within the guidelines will be postponed until the situation changes or will be redesigned for safe delivery. We would also appreciate it if you would remain at a safe distance from the site team while the work is underway. The schedule of the works has already been affected which has delayed the start and it is also likely that the overall timescale will be longer than originally planned to enable us to work within these new rules. The works are still in the planning stage but we expect to start on site soon, probably in late May or early June. I’ll be posting more updates as the project progresses. If you would like more information about Essex & Suffolk Water’s works and services in relation to Covid-19 please take a look at our main website, I’ve included some useful links below. ESW Website, COVID-19 General Information and Advice: https://www.eswater.co.uk/help/covid-19/ ESW Website, Essex & Suffolk Water’s COVID-19 response: https://www.eswater.co.uk/help/essex-and-suffolk-water-covid19-response-information/