Belfast Sewers, Rehabilitation and Upgrade Programme

Rehabilitating 12km of Belfast’s sewers

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Project Overview

Client NI Water
Project Value £10m
Expertise Civil Engineering
Sector Water/Wastewater
Timeline November 2004 - November 2008
Location Northern Ireland
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Project summary

Rehabilitating over 12km of sewers, utilising a range of innovative techniques, the Belfast Sewers Project involved 22 varied work packages to radically upgrade the city’s outdated sewerage infrastructure. Completed over four years, and incorporating continuous collaboration with Northern Ireland Water (NIW), the £10 million project was seamlessly managed by our expert team from brief to handover.

The detail

Making a real difference to the city’s sewerage network, the rehabilitation of over 12km of sewers was completed through the utilisation of four core methods, namely Cured-in-Place-Pipe (4537m), Pipe-Bursting (1033m), Auger Boring (435m) and Open Cut (5172m). By minimising the volume of Open Cut Works we reduced our exposure to the biggest risk associated with a city centre environment – dealing with services.

With pipe diameters varying considerably from 225mm to 1150mm, our expert team also implemented a package of tests, which included Pipe Testing, Pressure Testing, CCTV Post Installation, Water Sampling and Material Sampling. Central to the overall success of the project was the establishment of solid working relationships with key NIW staff.

Assimilating their considerable local knowledge, this partnership approach ensured the successful transfer of flows, the early identification of core infrastructure components, such as valves, and the consideration of bespoke localised issues.

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"I would like to let GRAHAM know that the squad of workers, of all grades, who were on the Ormeau Road working on the ‘Storm’ contract were very pleasant and helpful. They were out in all sorts of weather including the snow but were still smiling and good natured. I found it helped with the inconvenience to have this pleasant squad of workers about the area."

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