Lostock water treatment works wins civil engineering 'Oscar'

The Bolton News: The Lostock water treatment works site The Lostock water treatment works site

A HUGE scheme to allow increased water supplies to flow through Lostock’s water treatment works has won the top prize at the ‘Oscars of engineering’ awards.

The Bolton News reported that the £14 million project — which ensured that clean drinking water continued to flow into hundreds of thousands of homes in Greater Manchester during the planned closure of a major aqueduct last year — was nominated for a prize at the prestigious North West Civil Engineering Awards.

The project, a collaborative effort by United Utilities, designers GHA Livigunn and contractors KMI Plus went on to be named the large project of the year at the showpiece event at Chester Racecourse.

After the the event, Stewart Tennant, director at GHA Livigunn said: “We were delighted when Lostock Water Treatment Works was shortlisted amongst a field of top class projects, but to come away as winner of Large Project of the Year on the night was an amazing result.

“This is testimony to the commitment from the whole team who delivered an innovative and quality civil engineering project in such a challenging time scale.”

The project was planned for a two-week period in October last year when the Haweswater Aqueduct, a major part of the United Utilities network in the Lake District, which transports about 25 per cent of the North West’s water to two million households every day, was closed for inspection.

The closure meant water supplies via the Lostock water treatment works would have to increase to meet the demand during the two weeks.

This involved increasing filtration capacity by installing six 14-metre long filter tanks — which were lifted into place a 1,000-tonne crane and bolted together.

A huge subterranean backwash tank, measuring 42 metres in length, was also installed to retain water.

The project was completed in just 11 months, which is less than half the time usually allocated for work of this scale.

Alan Butler, North West regional director of the Institute of Civil Engineers said: “The importance of this project cannot be overstated, both in the challenging work environment it presented and the scope of the civil engineering expertise it entailed.

Everyone involved in the project has to be congratulated on delivering a first rate scheme within such a tight timeline.”

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9:26am Tue 18 Feb 14

bwfc58 says...

It should have said LANCASHIRE as greater manchester is not a County it was only set up as a Administrative Council FACT By The Conservatives in 1974 and as in 1985 greater manchester council offices had to close down because Bolton Council pulled out and so did the rest of the 10 Councils Fact now some of you will agree with me and some of you will not but them that do not I could not careless as i am a Lancashire Lad through and through
It should have said LANCASHIRE as greater manchester is not a County it was only set up as a Administrative Council FACT By The Conservatives in 1974 and as in 1985 greater manchester council offices had to close down because Bolton Council pulled out and so did the rest of the 10 Councils Fact now some of you will agree with me and some of you will not but them that do not I could not careless as i am a Lancashire Lad through and through bwfc58
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10:04am Tue 18 Feb 14

hal pel says...

bwfc58 wrote:
It should have said LANCASHIRE as greater manchester is not a County it was only set up as a Administrative Council FACT By The Conservatives in 1974 and as in 1985 greater manchester council offices had to close down because Bolton Council pulled out and so did the rest of the 10 Councils Fact now some of you will agree with me and some of you will not but them that do not I could not careless as i am a Lancashire Lad through and through
You're quite right! I suggest that the Leveson Inquiry be reopened to look into this travesty!
[quote][p][bold]bwfc58[/bold] wrote: It should have said LANCASHIRE as greater manchester is not a County it was only set up as a Administrative Council FACT By The Conservatives in 1974 and as in 1985 greater manchester council offices had to close down because Bolton Council pulled out and so did the rest of the 10 Councils Fact now some of you will agree with me and some of you will not but them that do not I could not careless as i am a Lancashire Lad through and through[/p][/quote]You're quite right! I suggest that the Leveson Inquiry be reopened to look into this travesty! hal pel
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