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Cranes take South Yorks treatment works project to new heights

Yorkshire Water is taking delivery of two huge tower cranes at Rivelin water treatment works in Sheffield to ensure construction work on the £24M scheme progresses as planned.

The first of the two 30m cranes in position at RivelinThe first of the two 30m cranes in position at Rivelin

The delivery of the 30m tall cranes is part of a scheme to improve drinking water quality in South Yorkshire that began last November when Nick Clegg, MP for Sheffield Hallam, visited the site. Yorkshire Water is investing the money in a new underground building to house clarifying settlement tanks, which will act as the first phase of the water treatment process.

The cranes will be used to lift heavy pre-cast sections of the new building into place including the steel pillars, formwork, roof supports and concrete roof slabs.

Simon Balding, Yorkshire Water Project Manager, “Both cranes will be in use whilst we construct the new building. The size of the cranes demonstrates the scale of the project and the investment we are making at this site to ensure excellent drinking water quality for our customers in Sheffield.”

The first of the cranes was delivered to the construction site, which is just off Manchester Road (A57) in Sheffield, on 25 May. The second crane will be delivered in late June and both will remain at Rivelin for approximately 14 months.

Balding added: “Since November we have moved thousands of tons of earth and stone to create room for the base for the new water treatment building. During the excavation, the team were challenged with removing some huge boulders the size of delivery vans. The soil is currently stockpiled on site, ready for re-use on, and around the new building when construction is complete. Most of the new building will be buried underground and grassed over to ensure minimal impact on the beautiful views over the Rivelin Valley.”

The project is being managed and constructed by Mott MacDonald Bentley and is due for completion by the end of 2017.

Author: James Brockett,
Topic: Asset Management , Treatment
Tags: Yorkshire Water , Sheffield , treatment , tanks

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