Black & Veatch completes £80 million Southern Water's Margate & Broadstairs environmental improvement scheme

Roger Gale, a Member of Parliament (MP), and Stephen Ladyman MP officially marked the completion of Southern Water's Margate and Broadstairs scheme at the new Weatherlees Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW) in Kent, on the eve of Kent Coastal Week last month. One of Southern Water's largest AMP4 programme's, the scheme was a joint venture between engineering consultants Black & Veatch (B&V) and Costain to enhance coastal water quality off the Isle of Thanet...

Wastewater treatment project enhances bathing water quality for UK's Kent coast.

REDHILL, UK, Nov. 12, 2007 -- Roger Gale, a Member of Parliament (MP), and Stephen Ladyman MP officially marked the completion of Southern Water's Margate and Broadstairs scheme at the new Weatherlees Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW) in Kent, on the eve of Kent Coastal Week last month. The scheme was a joint venture between engineering consultants Black & Veatch (B&V) and Costain to enhance coastal water quality off the Isle of Thanet.

The Margate and Broadstairs Project is one of the largest in Southern Water's AMP4 programme. The scheme will provide cleaner seas for the Kent resorts' bathers and a better aquatic environment for marine life. Treatment for the towns' wastewater now includes ultraviolet disinfection, which provides additional protection for local shellfish populations.

Ladyman, MP for Thanet South, said: "This scheme is so important for the local area and, knowing the water released to our seas is now treated to such high standards, means we can be even prouder of our beautiful coastline here in Thanet. Southern Water and their contractors should be congratulated for their hard work."

In addition to constructing the new WwTW at Weatherlees, the project included refurbishing pumping stations in Margate and Broadstairs, construction of a sea outfall and laying 24km of new pipes.

Black & Veatch was responsible for the scheme's civil design, and mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, controls and automation (MEICA) design and MEICA contracting. The project team employed multi-phased design and construction practices to keep work to programme and budget.

Commenting on the project, Bruce Ainsworth, Managing Director of Black & Veatch's water business in Europe, said: "This is truly a measure of what can be done by a strong team working together toward a common goal of delivering a sustainable solution that benefits an entire coastal area. It is a great accomplishment and a credit to everyone involved."

Keith Jeffery, Southern Water's Project Manager, said: "Southern Water and its contractors Black & Veatch/Costain are pleased to have completed this important scheme which is already bringing significant environmental benefits to the Thanet coast. We would like to thank the people of Thanet for their patience and co-operation during these very visible works."

About Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch (www.bv.com) is a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, federal and environmental markets. Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch develops tailored infrastructure solutions that meet clients' needs and provide sustainable benefits. Solutions are provided from the broad line of service expertise available within Black & Veatch, including conceptual and preliminary engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction, financial management, asset management, program management, construction management, environmental, security design and consulting, management consulting and infrastructure planning. With more than $2 billion in revenue, the employee-owned company has more than 100 offices worldwide and has completed projects in more than 100 countries on six continents.

Black & Veatch's global water business provides innovative, technology-based solutions to utilities, governments and industries worldwide. Local project teams work with multinational water and wastewater treatment process experts to address site-specific challenges through a broad range of consulting, study, planning, design, design-build and construction management services.

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PROJECT OVERVIEW
Client: Southern Water

Timeframe: Start date April 2005, takeover January 2008, and completion April 2008

The scope of the Margate and Broadstairs Project includes:
• Major refurbishment to headworks in both Margate and Broadstairs:
-- 13,000m3 of additional storm capacity, working inside a Victorian structure forming part of the cliff face
-- 7m3/s storm screening and pumping capacity
-- 809 l/s @72m head transfer pumping capacity

• New treatment process stream alongside existing works at Weatherlees process stream 809 l/s (120,000PE) to Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive standard UV disinfection to meet shellfish and bathing water directives sludge storage and thickening for new and existing works

• Pipelines linking Margate and Broadstairs with the works at Weatherlees:
-- 2.8km, 450mm dia.- Broadstairs to Margate
-- 11km twin pipes, 800mm dia. - Margate to Weatherlees

• Design work included computer simulation and modelling and 1/10 scale physical modelling for hydraulic analysis, to optimise the pump stations for maximum efficiency and reduce civil costs.

• During the life of the scheme, the project team won honours for outstanding safety and site management, first with a Gold award from RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) and then a Silver award from the CCS (Considerate Constructors Scheme).

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