Star turn for Northern Ireland Water’s Holywood Project

Star turn for Northern Ireland Water’s Holywood Project
(L-R) Front row: John Coalter, Geda Construction; Paul Harper, NI Water; Ernie Spence, White Young Green; Paul McElroy, Ciara Bradley and Tania McCartan (all Geda Construction); back row: Fergus Kerr, McAdam Design; Grahame Millar, NI Water; Michael Turley, Maurice McNulty, Eugene McKenna (all Geda); Mark Sefton, NI Water and Mark McGuigan, McAdam Design

The project team for the Holywood Sewerage Infrastructure Improvement Project, in Belfast, Northern Ireland – Northern Ireland Water (NI Water), Geda Construction, White Young Green and McAdam Design –  has recently been awarded the ‘Achieving Excellence in Partnering’ award from the Construction Employers Federation (CEF).

The special CEF Judges’ Award is made to the entry which displays the best approach to partnering in the delivery of a project, demonstrating collaborative working, good relationships throughout the supply chain and demonstrating measurable targets for health and safety, design quality and sustainability.

Star turn for Northern Ireland Water’s Holywood Project
Tunnel boring machine being lowered into position for the first tunnel drive of the Holywood Sewerage Infrastructure Project

The Holywood scheme was a challenging project to address ongoing odour issues, deliver environmental improvements and improve water quality in Belfast Lough coastal waters.

Completed earlier this year, the project involved the construction of sewers and tunnels in the vicinity of the A2 Belfast / Bangor Road and railway line, whilst diverting wastewater overflow discharges to a new waste water pumping station adjacent to Kinnegar wastewater treatment works (WwTW).

Investigation of the sewerage network previously confirmed that three combined sewer overflows (CSOs) at Jacksons Road, Strathearn Court & Palace Barracks that discharged to the lagoons adjacent to Kinnegar WwTW, had led to odour issues. These CSOs were removed on completion of the project.

The new pumping station also pumps sewage flows from the adjacent MOD facility and the Belfast Harbour Estate to Kinnegar WwTW for treatment.

Sara Venning, NI Water’s Chief Executive, explained: “NI Water has recently invested approximately £8 million in enhancing its wastewater infrastructure in the Holywood area. In particular, this project will greatly improve the local sewerage infrastructure, which is over 50 years old, ensuring that NI Water provides its customers with a modern effective wastewater service.”

The Holywood scheme is one aspect of an extensive programme of investment by NI Water aimed at significantly improving the security and quality of the water/wastewater infrastructure. By 2020, NI Water are planning to invest £3 billion that will reduce leakage levels, reduce the risk of flooding and improve water and wastewater quality.