Laing O’Rourke to deliver £123m Beckton sewage works upgrade

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Beckton sewage works,

Thames Water has chosen Laing O’Rourke to deliver the £123m upgrade of Beckton sewage works in London

Laing O’Rourke will work with Thames Water on the project to ensure Beckton sewage works can cope with London’s increasing population.

The three-year upgrade to Beckton sewage works is the first major contract awarded as part of the Thames Water’s AMP7 schedule.

It will see Laing O’Rourke build a completely new inlet works and extend aeration lanes and settlement tanks.

Beckton will also be prepared to receive wastewater from the new super sewer, Thames Tideway Tunnel.

John Bentley, capital delivery director of Thames Water, said: “Awarding this contract is a significant milestone as it is the first major project awarded as part of our £5bn capital investment plan for the next five years.

“By ensuring we can take the flow from the ‘super sewer’, this project will help to improve the quality of the River Thames, as well as making sure the site is ready to handle the expected increase in London’s population in the future.”

MMC to accelerate construction

Declan McGeeney, Laing O’Rourke’s head of UK infrastructure, commented: “Six years ago, we delivered a substantial upgrade to Beckton and we’re delighted Thames Water has trusted us to return.

“The project will maximise the use of digital engineering and offsite manufacture, with every detail of the works being built virtually before the real thing.

“Many of the tanks, such as the walls of the new activated sludge plant, will be built at our factory in Nottinghamshire before being transported for assembly on site.

“These modern methods of construction help us to deliver six months faster than traditional methods would allow.”

The Beckton sewage works project is expected to create around 30 jobs for local workers and is due to start early next year.

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