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Birmingham Resilience Project

Work started in 2016 to lay a new 26km pipeline from the River Severn near Stourport to our water treatment works at Frankley. The new pipeline will significantly improve resilience of the water supply for over 1.2 million customers across Birmingham and surrounding areas.

Our progress so far

IN PROGRESS - SEP 2020

In Progress - 90%

Start Date

1 March 2017

Upcoming work

Work in Progress

  • Phase Five - due to complete September 2020
    We’ve now started landscaping our site. Over the next month or so, you’ll begin to see some of the soil mounds disappear. Unfortunately, due to the confines of the site, as a temporary measure, we are having to increase the height of the existing soil bunds to accommodate the moving of the material to its final position. 
    The final landscaping will take place in the Autumn (which is the next planting season) when we’ll be planting trees around the pumping station which will help to screen the facility.

Work completed

  • Phase One - March 2017 to April 2017
    We've carried out preparation and ground work for the river intake and pumping station. Activities included putting up fencing, making an access road and the stripping away some of the topsoil. We will also set up the site offices and compound. We have also successfully tunnelled down to the location of the pumping station and will be in a position to thread the pipes through over the coming months.

  • Phase Two - April 2017 to December 2018
    We have created our site and an access road, including temporary carparks and working areas. We have also stripped back much of the topsoil and already started to lay the pipe. We have started to build the foundations for the new pumping station and the final part of tunnelling has commenced. During this phase we will build the main structures for the river intake and pumping station. This work starts with digging foundations and making provision for drainage. Some parts of the facility will be brought to site in component parts and put together on site. We have created a dam near the banks of the river. We can now begin to build the intake structure in the river. This will involve driving metal sheets in to the river bed. The footpath near our structure has been diverted. During July and August the final stage of tunnelling will commence as we bore down towards the river, building a new shaft to receive the tunnel boring machine. Some night time working will take place in this period.
 
  • Phase Three - December 2018 to Spring 2019
    All electrical and mechanical work has been completed. Our next task will be to prepare the ground for landscaping.
 
  • Phase Four - Complete early 2020
    We have now carried out testing of all the equipment.

Estimated completion date

October 2020

IN PROGRESS - SEP 2020

In Progress - 85%

Start date

1 March 2017

Upcoming work

Work in Progress

  • Phase Six - Final reinstatement works
    Now that we’ve completed the civils work and testing the equipment in the Break Pressure Tank and pipeline. We’re preparing the land for final reinstatement and landscaping.

Work completed

  • Phase One - March 2017 to April 2017
    We have carried out preparations and ground work for the Break Pressure Tank. Activities included putting up fencing and stripping away some topsoil. We also carried out excavation work to create a flat working area and setting up the site offices and compound. Signage will be in place to advise road users of the site entrance. We have removed all of the soil from the area which is known as muckshifting.

  • Phase Two - April 2017 to November 2018
    We have constructed much of the outer structure of the Break Pressure Tank, with just the office left to build. We have started to landscape around the structure itself. We will now concentrate on the internal structure and the drainage around the building. Some parts of the facility will be brought to Romsley in component parts and put together on site. We'll also continue to lay new water mains in the surrounding fields.

  • Phase Three - Spring 2018 to Winter 2018
    Once the main structures are complete we will commence electrical and mechanical work. This includes fitting the pumps and pipework, installation of systems to power the facility, and also the instrumentation and controls which will monitor the works once it is operational.

  • Phase Four - Completion expected end of 2018
    With the Break Pressure Tank now complete we will carry out extensive testing. Teams will be on site carrying out reinstatement and landscaping work to screen the site from public view, this will involve a tree planting scheme.
 
  • Phase Five - Final reinstatement works
    Now that the hoppers have been installed we'll carry out the final reinstatement works on site. This has slowed due to the extensive pipeline testing which is still underway.

Estimated completion date

October 2020

What we're doing

Work started in 2016 to lay a new 26km pipeline from the River Severn near Stourport on Severn to our water treatment works at Frankley. The pipeline begins at Lickhill where we are building a new pumping station and there is also a break pressure tank near Romsley. The new pipeline will significantly improve resilience of the water supply for over 1.2 million customers across Birmingham and surrounding areas. It will also support our wider network of pipes and so benefit customers right across the Severn Trent Region.

 

Taking care of one of life's essentials

Let us know how we're doing

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