WHERE WE WILL BE WORKING AND WHAT IT WILL INVOLVE
Stratford St Mary Pumping Station will remain in service throughout the refurbishment works with only short shutdowns as required to allow specialist work. The primary purpose of the pumping station is to provide raw water to Abberton storage reservoir and hence any shutdowns will have no impact on the local area or supplies.
The main construction works will be within the pumping station and involve the replacement of pumps, valves, switchgear and control systems. Additionally the High Voltage electricity substation will be relocated from basement to an upper level within the building. Two new transformers will be located on the rear (river side) of the building at elevated level and not visible from the front of the building.
A replacement debris bandscreen will be installed at the river intake in order to conform to new eel protection regulations and will be sited at the existing intake structure. The installation will be undertaken using divers in the water with specialist underwater equipment. Once the steel frame is installed a mobile crane will be used to lower the new screen into place.
The site will contain contractors’ cabins and parking for the duration of the project and a traffic management plan for the site will be in place to minimise disruption to residents and road users.
Once the work is complete, the site will be re-landscaped and replanted to its former condition.