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Waterproofing membrane protects shaft

A THAMES Water improvement programme on London’s sewer system has seen Stirling Lloyd’s Integritank HF waterproofing membrane used to protect the Lee Tunnel Beckton Pumping Shaft, one of the principal and most imposing structures on the project. One of a number of large tunnels carrying existing wastewater away to a water treatment works, Lee Tunnel is a key part of this Thames Tideway project and the first phase of sewer system improvements that will help prevent combined discharges of stormwater and sewage reaching the River Thames and lower River Lee.

At 82m deep and 42m wide, the Beckton Pumping Shaft is the largest shaft in the project, enabling pumping of effluent from the Lee Tunnel itself.


Contractors sign up to cut carbon

The shaft is critical to the movement of wastewater to the Beckton treatment works

A NUMBER of contractors involved in the water sector have joined forces with Anglian Water, government ministers and other industry leaders to cut carbon in infrastructure as part of an initiative that could save as much as 24Mt of carbon and £1.46B a year by 2050. Companies including Clancy Docwra, Galliford Try, Carillion, Balfour Beatty and Skanska signed the initiative at the launch of the Infrastructure Carbon Review last month. Infrastructure and related industries account for half of the UK’s current carbon emissions, and cutting the amount of materials consumed in construction and using existing resources more efficiently will reduce cost as well as carbon. Savings will be made through using new technologies, construction

AMK picked for £177M Deephams upgrade

AMK, THE joint venture between AECOM, Murphy and Kier, is the successful contractor appointed by Thames Water for the £177M rebuild of Deephams Sewage Treatment Works. The JV had been battling another joint venture, Tamesis, for the contract. This appointment of AMK represents a key milestone in Thames’ Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) procurement process and an important step towards upgrading Deephams to meet tighter environmental standards, improving the water quality of London’s River Lee and reducing odour.

Lawrence Gosden, Thames Water’s asset director, said: “We believe our ECI process has resulted in the best possible solution for the upgrade, and after close competition between two very high calibre bidders we’re very pleased to announce

the appointment of AMK. “This project represents our approach to delivering best value for our customers − working innovatively, sustainably, and in collaboration with our contractors.”

Jo Streeten, AMK project director said: “Upgrading Deephams presents a number of interesting challenges, not least the need to construct new treatment facilities on a site with limited space, while maintaining the current operation. Working within Thames Water’s ECI process has allowed us to understand these challenges early-on and develop a solution that meets them in the most efficient way.”

AMK’s appointment ends the first phase of Thames Water’s ECI procurement process for Deephams.

techniques and low

carbon materials to reduce emissions.

The review has been developed jointly by government and industry through

the Infrastructure

Cost Review and Green Construction Board, which is chaired by Anglian Water director of asset

management Newsome.

It sets out a series of actions

for government,

clients and suppliers that have the potential to reduce carbon from the building of UK infrastructure by 2050. Newsome said: “This review is about reducing carbon and reducing cost. At Anglian Water, we have gained real value from

adopting lower

carbon solutions and now business leaders across the infrastructure sector are endorsing the review and


taking action to do the same. “I’ve been very proud to be associated with the infrastructure carbon review and the long term benefits it will deliver within the UK.” Business and Energy minister

Michael Fallon,

said: “This review makes the business case for carbon reduction in what we build. It has been written by business leaders not civil servants and throws down the gauntlet to the construction sector to get behind

what could government be

game changing initiative. “Real change

construction a

happen by acting alone but through the

won’t and


working together in line with our industrial strategy. This is a sector that supports around three million jobs and where the UK has a strong competitive edge. We want to keep it that way.”

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Sulzer joins WIAA sponsor line-up

SULZER IS the latest company to sponsor one of the Water Industry Achievement Awards 2014 categories. The company is co-sponsoring new category Engineer of the Year with Sykes Pumps.

The awards, organised by WET News and Water & Wastewater Treatment, celebrate and reward innovative thinking and best practice in the water industry. The winners will be announced at a glittering extravaganza at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on April 1, 2014! Details of the awards are available at www. or by emailing

In addition to Sykes and Sulzer, eight companies have signed up and are sponsoring categories. Doosan is making its debut as WIAA sponsor, sponsoring the Outstanding Individual Contribution to the Water Industry. Also, Saint-Gobain is making a welcome return as a sponsor, co-sponsoring the People Initiative of the Year category with TES.

Imtech, Asset International, NMCNomenca, CPSA continue their support by sponsoring Partnership Initiative of the year, Carbon Reduction Initiative of the Year, Most Innovative New Technology of the Year, and Most Innovative Use of an Existing Technology respectively. The closing date for entries is December 16.


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