Construction UK Construction Directory
Time and date
CONSTRUCTION DIRECTORY
Share this page
Construction News
27/10/2021

London's Victorian Water Network To Be Upgraded

Construction News Image
London's Victorian water network is to receive a major upgrade to increase water resilience following a £300 million contribution from Thames Water's owners.

The unprecedented investment matches the £300 million already included in the company’s spending plans for the 2020-2025 investment period. It will improve service by accelerating work to reduce leaks and bursts - increasing the resilience of the capital’s pipe network to the impacts of climate change and helping secure water supplies for future generations.

Hundreds of kilometres of water mains will be upgraded with the additional funding. This will include huge trunk mains, which carry drinking water from treatment sites and reservoirs across London, and smaller distribution pipes which transfer water to millions of homes and businesses. There will also be investment in work to stop spikes in pressure within the pipes that can increase the risk of bursts.

-- Advertisement --
hss

Cast iron pipes, many of which date back more than 100 years to the Victorian era, will be relined or replaced with more durable plastic ones using innovative technology to keep disruption to the capital’s busy roads to a minimum. The upgrades will begin in 2022.

London's pipes are more prone to leaks and bursts than in most other places in the UK due to the fact the majority (89%) are made of cast iron, which is susceptible to corrosion.

There are also an average of 175 properties fed from each kilometre of pipework – two and half times the UK average – increasing the risk of weak points developing and leading to leaks and bursts.

Sarah Bentley, Thames Water CEO, said: "We're delighted to be unlocking this significant extra investment direct from our owners, which are mainly pension funds who all take a long-term view of the company's infrastructure, customers, and the natural environment. They recognise the need for additional investment in London and have approved significant expenditure in the company's five- year business plan, over and above that allowed under the regulatory price control.

"Reducing leaks and bursts is one of our most important priorities but also one of our biggest challenges, with nearly half of the pipes in London more than 100-years-old. We know it's a priority for our customers too so it’s really exciting to be taking this big step forward with our turnaround plan as we start to build a brighter future."

Latest Construction News

26/11/2021

Plans for an £11 million residential development in Esh Winning have been given the go-ahead by Durham County Council today. The development is located six miles west of Durham city centre, and will transform a two-hectare brownfield site that has been derelict for over a decade, including the deli
26/11/2021

Plans have been approved to transform the former International Swimming Pool site at Lisbon Street in Leeds city centre. Leeds City Council gave the go-ahead to the £270 million development proposal. The 2.8-acre strategic site, which has been used as a car park since the pools’ demolition in 2009
26/11/2021

A Robertson Construction consortium has submitted a hybrid planning application for the regeneration of Atlantic Wharf in Cardiff. Phase One of the masterplan will see the delivery of a new 17,000-capacity arena, hotel and associated parking. The arena, which is set to create 1,000 jobs when comple
26/11/2021

Construction firm Kier has completed work on the First Light Pavilion, worth over £20 million, at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre in Macclesfield. Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the scheme was delivered for The University of Manchester. The project included building the first conc
26/11/2021

Refurbishment work is to commence at Manchester Aquatics Centre . The centre will close its doors today, 26 November, and will fully reopen again in late Spring 2023, although there will be limited access to the training pool while the work is undertaken. The refurbishment scheme has been designed
26/11/2021

Energy firm E.ON is urging eligible homeowners to apply for government grants of up to £10,000 for energy efficiency improvements this winter. The grants are part of the Government-led Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme, which has enabled homeowners across the county to fund improvem
26/11/2021

Construction work has started on the £132 million Bargate Quarter regeneration in Southampton. Developer, Tellon Capital, and investor, Legal & General, recently announced the completion of funding. The transaction is on a forward funding basis to one of Europe’s largest asset managers, Legal & Ge
26/11/2021

The Fronius Solar.creator online configuration tool has been available since the end of August. Three months later, the first new features have already been added to make life even easier for installers and planners. The integration of e-mobility solutions and recommendations for the optimum battery
26/11/2021

Buoygues UK has commenced work on a major new office development in Swansea. Providing space for 600 jobs, the development set for 71/72 The Kingsway will include 114,000 square feet of commercial floorspace with flexible co-working and office opportunities for innovative tech, digital and creative
26/11/2021

MTX has been awarded an expansion project at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. The new two-storey 1,958 sq. ft. building will house the hospital's endoscopy facility. Preparatory groundwork is underway and it is due to open to patients in spring 2022, subject to planning permission. This is
Harmoney Consulting GroupBest Choice AccountancyScooter Store LimitedKP Acoustics LtdUzinGeo-Environmental Services LtdAlternative Tying Systems LtdApollo Scaffolding Ties LtdBailey Paints LtdSurveyTech
Terms and Conditions