Ambergate Service Reservoir plays an essential role in the water supply to hundreds of thousands of customers in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. It was first commissioned over 100 years ago, and although it has provided a reliable service during this time, it is nearing the end of its life in its current condition, and we need to do something to secure supplies for the future and the next 100 years.
The Ambergate Team are pleased to be involved in worthwhile local initiatives. It demonstrates our commitment to support the local community as much as we can whilst we are working in the neighbourhood. If you have any event or activity that could benefit from our help, please let us know by contacting a member of the team or via the "Contact Us" page of this website.
See how we did it!
The Ambergate Team have kept a photographic record of how the new reservoir was constructed, which can be viewed as a time-lapse video.
Click on the link below to see what we have done in the last 18 months:
https://vimeo.com/161490848 (Password is HB4211)
The latest video footage captured by camera-mounted drones is currently unavailable for technical reasons.
We apologise for this problem, and will restore them as quickly as we can.
September 2015: (Password is m7123)
The final phase is about to start!
15th March 2017 The demolition of the old reservoir structure is now almost complete and we are preparing to start construction on the final phase of the reservoir. Be able to construct this final phase we are bringing in 2 crawler cranes, one weighing 130t and the other weighing 160t.
Over Thursday 16th and Friday 17th March 2017 the 2 crawler cranes will be delivered into site. Due to the size of each crane they will come on 4 HGV’s each, equaling 8 loads in total. Two of which will be wide loads.
All 8 loads will come under escort and travel via the alternative route from the A6 via Whatstandwell and Crich Market Place between 0900hrs and 1500hrs.
When each of the sections have been delivered, the HGV’s will leave site under escort using the alternative route and return to the A6.
We ask all residents to park considerately along this route, particularly in areas of restricted width, so that we do not cause traffic delays.
We thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
More Plant is on its way.
2nd February 2017: The demolition of the old reservoir structure is now in progress and our subcontractor for the demolition works, Total Reclaim Demolitions is planning to deliver heavy plant to site.
On Wednesday 8th February 2017 a low loader will be travelling to site to deliver a 85 ton 360o excavator. The low loader will have a police escort and will travel via the alternative route from the A6 via Whatstandwell and Crich Market Place between 09:00hrs and 15:00hrs
When the plant has been delivered, the low loader will leave site using the alternative route and return to the A6.
14th January 2017: The project team are pleased to announce that the new reservoir is now supplying water to the East Midlands. This also means the end of an era as the old 110 year old reservoir has been switched off and taken out of supply for the first time ever in its history. The Demolition process of the old reservoir will now commence in preparation for building the last phase, which will be to build another smaller reservoir within the footprint of the old reservoir.
Ambergate Reservoir to the Rescue!
29 October 2016: Residents living near Ambergate Reservoir may have noticed Fire and Rescue vehicles pulling into the site recently. But there was no need to be alarmed - it was all part of a pre-planned training exercise. Matlock And Ascot Drive crews visited the reservoir to use the new tank for rope training purposes. A Saturday was chosen to provide the crews with unrestricted access for their vehicles without obstruction from site construction activities, and through the murky gloom 2 fire engines and a personnel carrier emerged and made their way to the new structure.
After a site induction and review of their risk assessments, the crew fixed ropes to the portable overhead gantry spanning one of the many access openings in the reservoir roof, and took turns at being lowered into the 8m deep reservoir and using the rope attachments to lift themselves out. Needless to say, the reservoir was empty at the time! The exercise lasted for several hours, after which the crews went back to their depots for a well-earned rest.
Below are some photos taken at the time - some of which have been adjusted to comply with security requirements
School Engagement: Crich Infants
12 October 2016: Members of the Ambergate Reservoir Project Team visited Crich Infants School as part of their school engagement initiative. During the school visit the pupils were given a presentation on the essential part that Ambergate Reservoir plays in the Global Water Cycle, by maintaining water supplies to customers in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. They were made aware of the effort that goes into the collection, treatment and distribution of drinking water, and why we should never take water for granted or waste it unnecessarily. The presentation gave details of the work being carried out at the Ambergate Site, showing the scale of the project and some of the large plant and equipment that has been used for excavating and lifting operations. The pupils were given a further presentation highlighting the potential dangers that construction sites pose for young intruders, and were set a competition to design a safety poster based on what they had learnt. There will be prizes for the best entries, with the prospect of a site visit so the pupils can see the work being undertaken.
Advance Notice: Roadworks on A6 Derby Road
25 July 2016: As part of our customer service initiative we would like to make you aware of major roadworks that are due to start on A6 Derby Road next week which are likely to affect traffic in the area. The works, to replace old water mains south of the Hurt Arms, are not directly associated with the reservoir renewal project, but form part of Severn Trent's programme of mains improvements to ensure they can provide their customers with a reliable water supply that is always there when needed.
The work will be carried out by Laing O'Rourke, who have written to local residents who may be affected by the work, giving them contact details for their Project Team. A copy of the letter can be found if you click here
The work is due to start on August 1st 2016, and is expected to last for up to 12 weeks. Temporary traffic lights will be used to maintain traffic flows around the works, but some delays may occur at peak periods. Advance information signs are in place to advise motorists who normally use this route.
Ambergate Fundraisers back in action!
11 July 2016: Over the weekend a team from the Ambergate Project tackled Severn Trent Water's 2016 Mountain Challenge to raise funds for WaterAid. The team joined many other fundraisers on Saturday 9 July 2016 to support this most worthy cause. The teams set off from Hope Valley College across the Dark Peak area, enjoying spectacular views and exhilarating inclines before descending back through Edale to the college for refreshments and prize giving.
The weather was particularly unkind on the day of the event, which started at 6.00 on Saturday 09 July. Early morning heavy rain and high winds added to the challenge. It took the 6-man team 13 hours and 10 minutes to complete the 31 mile circuit, during which time they climbed over 1,600m enjoying the wonderful views from the peaks of each mountain.
The target for the fundraisers was £700, but this was easily exceeded due to some very generous donations from their friends and colleagues. The current total stands at an amazing £1,169.00, which is a great comfort for those who took part in the challenge and suffered aching limbs for days after their walk.
For more details of the challenge go to their web page at: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/reservoirramblers
Money raised from the challenge will fund WaterAid’s life saving work in Ethiopia. Ethiopia is Africa's fourth largest and second most populous country but is one of the poorest countries in the world and one of the least well served in terms of water and sanitation.
To find out more about the tremendous work undertaken by WaterAid in some of the most needy and deprived parts of the world, go to their website http://www.wateraid.org/uk
Latest Progress Report:
30 August 2016: The Ambergate Team are getting ever nearer to the completion of the first stage of the project, involving construction and commissioning of the new reservoir and associated structures. Nearly all of the concrete works are finished, all that is left is a small section of roof slab on one of the distribution chambers. We have completed waterproofing the huge area of the reservoir's roof slab, and finished spreading the loose aggregate topping over the full area of the roof. We are installing the high-security covers that provide access to the reservoir, and the stainless steel stairways inside the reservoir that will be needed to carry out future inspections of the structure.
All the water we used for testing the new reservoir has been drained and transferred to Ogston Reservoir to supplement the supply there.
In the next few weeks the new reservoir will have its final cleaning and sterilisation ready to receive its first fill of drinking water to fill the trunk mains that go to Derby, Nottingham and Leicester.
We are on track to commission the new reservoir towards the end of September and put into the supply system in October. This will enable us to drain the old reservoir and start demolition in November.
In addition to these works, we have finished installing all the large diameter pipelines that will distribute water between the reservoir, the inlet and outlet structures, and the 3 existing trunk mains that carry water to Derby, Nottingham and Leicester.This has enabled us to continue building the ground back to the finished level around the reservoir and ancillary structures. We have brought excavators and dump trucks back to site to transfer excavated material from the temporary stockpiles to the areas to being filled.
For more information on how the reservoir was built, go to the "Progress" page - Click here
"Cranky" bows out
05 January 2016: The Ambergate Reservoir Project Team are preparing to say 'Farewell' to one of the huge crawler cranes which has been helping to build the new reservoir since March 2015. The 130t capacity crane, given the name of "Cranky" by the pupils of Crich School, has finished its duties on site and will be dismantled and taken from site later this week. As with its delivery last March, the move will require a significant number of vehicle movements to complete the task.
On Thursday 07 January 2016 we have arranged for 3 articulated wagons to come to site after 09.30 to take away some of the components that make up the crane. These will leave site with their loads later the same day, before 15.00. The route for these vehicle movements will be via the alternative route for over-height vehicles (greater than 3.8m high), and will approach site from the A6 via Whatstandwell, passing through Crich market Place to The Common. They will take the same route when leaving site.
All the above vehicle movements will be led by escort vehicles to ensure a smooth transit through the area, particularly the low-loader carrying the crane body which at 3.0m width will need a clear road to get through. We would ask any residents who normally park on the proposed route to make allowances for these vehicle movements on Thursday and Friday, and thank you in advance for your co-operation.
On Friday 08 January 2016 there will be 3 low-loaders coming to site to take away the body of the crane and the 2 huge crawler tracks. They will use the same route to get to and from site, arriving after 09.00 and leaving before 15.00.
The Ambergate Reservoir Team wish you all a
Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We will be closing down our site on Wednesday 23 December 2015, returning on 04 January 2016.
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12 November 2015: Earlier this week members of the Ambergate Reservoir Project Team visited Crich Carr School in Whatstandwell as part of their community engagement initiative. During the visit the pupils were given a presentation on the essential part that Ambergate Reservoir plays in the Global Water Cycle, by maintaining water supplies to hundreds of thousands of customers in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. They were made aware of the effort that goes into the collection, treatment and distribution of drinking water, and why we should never take water for granted or waste it unnecessarily. The presentation gave details of the work being carried out at the Ambergate Reservoir Site, showing the scale of the project to construct the new reservoir, and some of the large plant being used for excavating and lifting operations.
School visits a great success
21 December 2015: Last week, members of the Ambergate Reservoir Project Team organised a series of site visits for pupils from Crich Carr Primary School in Whatstandwell. The school lies on the access route used by abnormal loads to bring plant and materials to the Ambergate site, to help construct the new reservoir to replace the existing 100-year old structure. The site visits were arranged after the pupils took part in an earlier competition to design a Safety Poster based on a presentation given to the pupils, and follows the award of prizes to the winner and runners up during a school assembly earlier in the term.
At the start of the site visits the pupils were introduced to some of the Project Team members, and given a brief presentation about the Ambergate Reservoir project, describing how it was being constructed. They were told how Ambergate Reservoir plays an important role in the supply of drinking water to hundreds of thousands of customers in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.
After the presentation, the pupils put on their safety wear and were transported to a viewing platform near the roof of the existing reservoir, outside the main works area and well away from site activities. From this vantage point, the pupils were able to see the work in progress. Over 50 pupils took part in the visit in a series of 4 sessions throughout the day. They were all amazed at the size and scale of operations on site, asking many questions of the Project Team. The pupils and staff gave a big thank you to the Project Team for organising the visit before boarding the mini-bus to take them back to school.
Closure of pedestrian route
15 December 2015: We would like to make customers aware of a need to restrict access to the footpath through woodland, owned by Severn Trent Water, directly to the south of the reservoir construction site.
Works are to be carried out on the steeply sloping ground immediately above the footpath and which will be closed temporarily to ensure public safety. A diversion will be in place via an alternative path. The footpath will be opened again as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.
We apologise for the short notice given for the closure, but felt this necessary to ensure the safety of customers who would normally take this route.
Presentation at Crich Carr School
The pupils were given a further presentation highlighting the potential dangers construction sites pose for young intruders, and set a competition to design a safety poster based on what they had learnt. There will be prizes for the best entries, with the prospect of a site visit so all the school can see the work being undertaken.
Another great day out for the children
14 October 2015: Last month, members of the Ambergate Reservoir Project Team organised a site visit for pupils from Crich Junior School as a reward for taking part in a competition to name one of the huge crawler cranes helping to build the new reservoir. It follows the award of prizes to the winner and runners up at a school assembly last term.
At the start of the site visit the pupils were given a brief presentation about the project and how the new reservoir was being constructed. After the presentation, the pupils put on their safety wear and were transported to a viewing platform that has been set up near the roof of the existing reservoir. This is outside the main works area and well away from site activities, but it provides a good vantage point to see the work in progress. In particular the pupils witnessed the crane they named ‘Clanky’ lifting huge pre-cast concrete beams and planks to form the roof of the new reservoir.
Almost 70 pupils took part in the visit in a series of 5 sessions throughout the day. They were all amazed at the size and scale of operations on site, asking many questions of the Project Team. The pupils and staff gave a big thank you to the Project Team for organising the visit before boarding the bus to take them back to school.
Ambergate Fundraisers smash their target!
24 August 2015: Earlier this month a team of enthusiastic cyclists from the Ambergate Project Team set off from the access road on The Common on the start of a gruelling 52 mile circuit around the beautiful Derbyshire countryside to raise funds in support of WaterAid, a really fantastic organisation dedicated to bringing sanitation and clean drinking water supplies to developing nations.
Fortunately the weather was kind during the day of the ride, which started at 9.00 on Friday 07 August. The first riders crossed the finishing line 4 hours later, in need of well-earned refreshments. The stragglers limped in some 90 minutes later, but all 15 riders deserve praise for their efforts.
The target for the fundraisers was £500, but this was smashed due to some very generous donations from team sponsors and many other contributions from their friends and colleagues. The current total stands at an amazing £2,038.75, which is a great comfort for those who took part in the challenge and suffered aching limbs for days after their ride.
For more details go to their web page at: http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Ambergate_Res
Ambergate Fundraisers need your support!
13 July 2015: Members of the Ambergate Reservoir Project Team (One Severn Trent - OST) are planning a fundraising event next month and are looking for support from the local community. A group of fit and healthy members of the OST team, representing Severn Trent Water, their contract partners Laing O'Rourke and NMCNomenca, and main subcontractor STAM Construction, are embarking on The Three Reservoirs Challenge on Friday 07 August 2015.
This is a gruelling 52 mile circuit starting and finishing at Ambergate Reservoir, during which they will cycle past other reservoirs at Linacre and Carsington. The team are hoping to raise as much money as possible in support of the charity WaterAid, a really fantastic organisation dedicated to bringing sanitation and clean drinking water supplies to developing nations.
The team will really appreciate any donations received, however small, for this worthwhile cause.
For more information on the challenge click here.
To make a donation, go to their web page at http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Ambergate_Res
Thank you to all supporters.
A great day out for the children
06 July 2015: Last week, members of the Ambergate Reservoir Project Team organised a site visit for 26 pupils from Fritchley Junior School. The site visit was the pupils’ reward for taking part in a competition to think of a name for one of the huge crawler cranes helping to build the new reservoir, and follows the award of prizes to the winner and runners up at a school assembly last month.
At the start of the site visit the pupils were introduced to some of the Project Team members, and given a brief presentation which provided details of the project and described how the new reservoir was being constructed. They were reminded of the way the Water Cycle operates, and the essential part Ambergate Reservoir plays in the cycle by supplying water to hundreds of thousands of customers in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.
After the presentation, the pupils put on their safety wear and were transported to a viewing platform that has been set up near the roof of the existing reservoir. This is outside the main works area and well away from site activities, but it provides a good vantage point to see the work in progress. In particular the pupils saw the crane that had been named ‘Cranky’ - the winning entry from the competition. Cranky was lifting huge pre-cast concrete beams and planks to form the roof of the reservoir.
They were all amazed at the size and scale of operations on site, firing many questions at the Project Team. The pupils and staff gave a big thank you to the Project Team for organising the visit before boarding the bus to take them back to school in time for lunch.
Landscape proposals submitted
The proposals for landscaping the site on completion of the construction works have been submitted to Amber Valley Borough Council. To see a copy of the plan click here.
Customer Notification: Closure of pedestrian route
26 May 2015: We would like to make customers aware of a restriction in access to land owned by Severn Trent, lying to the south of the construction site. During a periodic inspection of the site boundary in this area last Friday, it was identified that a number of trees adjacent to an unofficial path near the southern site boundary fence, popular with walkers through the woods, were showing signs of instability, posing a potential risk to customers walking in the area . A decision was taken to restrict access to this part of Severn Trent's land until a full assessment is made of the trees in question, and any remedial work carried out. We apologise for the short notice given, but felt this to be in the best interests of all concerned.
We closed access to the area last Friday, and erected signs directing walkers to a safe route back to the official pathway through the woods. We are seeking professional advice this week, and will implement any action deemed necessary to maintain the safety of the public.
Another Big Crane is on the way!
20 March 2015: The Ambergate Reservoir Project is preparing itself for the arrival of another massive crawler-crane that will add to the existing lifting capability on site. For a 2-day period, from Monday 23 March 2015 we will start taking delivery of the low-loaders and articulated wagons that carry the 160 tonne crane's components to site.
There will be 3 low-loaders bringing the main components of the crane on Monday, between 09.30 and 11.00. This will be the cabin and the 2 sets of crawler tracks, and the main ballast weights. This will be followed on Tuesday 24 March when 6 articulated wagons will arrive between 09.30 and 13.30. They will bring the remaining counterweights and jib sections. All these vehicles will need to use the alternative access to site via Whatstandwell and Crich due to their width and height. We have notified customers who live on the delivery route of these movements, to ensure there are no delays on the local road network.
Ambergate Team help local school
09 March 2015: Over the week-end, a team from the Ambergate Reservoir Project rolled up their sleeves to help a local school prepare for a wildlife project they are involved with. It followed a request from Fritchley Primary School, who asked to borrow a mini-digger and driver to do the job, but we thought a good old shovel and wheelbarrow, and some elbow grease, could do the job just as well, and prevent any collateral damage to the surrounding area from tracking a machine in and out of the field.
So Saturday morning a team were detailed to attend the school and clear an area of turf and topsoil in preparation for the wild flower garden which is due to be sown later this month.
Fortunately weather conditions were favourable, and the detailed party completed the task, transferring the soil to some nearby vegetable gardens within the school grounds. We look forward to a colourful display later in the summer.
The Ambergate Team are pleased to be involved in worthwhile local initiatives. It demonstrates our commitment to support the local community as much as we can whilst we are working in the neighbourhood. If you have any event or activity that could benefit from our help, please let us know by contacting a member of the team or via the "Contact Us" page of this website.
Planned closure on Cowper Lane: Western Power Distribution
As part of our commitment to engage with our neighbours and the local community we would like to pass on information from Derbyshire County Highways concerning planned works by Western Power Distribution (WPD) that will affect the local road network.
WPD plan to take down overhead cables crossing Cowper Lane and re-route them below ground. This work, which is not associated with the Ambergate Reservoir project, will require a closure of Cowper Lane for 2 days, commencing 12 March 2015. More information on the closure, and the diversion route for traffic affected by it, can be found on the DCC website by following the link below:
and searching for roadworks in Crich, Reference No. se801c
Advance warning signs have been erected to warn motorists of the planned closure.
For an update on current progress on the Ambergate Reservoir Project, and future plans click here
Big Crane is on the way!
24 February 2015: The Ambergate Reservoir Project is preparing itself for the arrival of a massive 130 tonne capacity crawler-crane that will be the main item of lifting apparatus for the remainder of the reservoir construction programme. The crane is transported on a fleet of low-loaders and articulated wagons that carry its various components from site to site.
The delivery will commence on Monday 02 March 2015, when 3 low-loaders will bring the main components - the cabin and the 2 sets of crawler tracks - to site. This will be followed on Tuesday 03 March when 5 articulated wagons will bring the counterweights and jib sections. All these vehicles will need to use the alternative access to site via Whatstandwell and Crich due to their width and height. We will notify customers who live on the delivery route of these movements, to ensure there are no delays on the local road network.
The team prepare for Christmas
23 December 2014: The Ambergate Reservoir team are getting ready for the Christmas and New Year festivities which are now only a few days away. We will be making our site secure over the holiday period and will have security guards on patrol throughout this time to keep a watchful eye on our plant and offices. We ask our neighbours to help us by alerting us to any suspicious activity they observe during this time.
We have helped the Christmas preparations at Fritchley by installing a robust foundation for the Christmas Tree which should ensure its stability in all weather conditions. We would like to acknowledge the help from JC Balls in fabricating the metal base support for the tree, which is now encased in several tonnes of concrete. We think the finished article is a great centrepiece for the village's Christmas festivities.
Fritchley Christmas Tree
We are really pleased to assist the local community in this way, and look forward to further opportunities in the New Year and beyond. Please contact us if you think we can help.
More plant movements on the way!
04 December 2014: The Ambergate Reservoir Renewal Project has reached another important milestone in the programme, now that the main excavation for the reservoir construction is all but finished. As our earthworks contractor JC Balls take back their heavy plant, we will start to bring plant and equipment to site in preparation for construction of the reinforced concrete structure. The work associated with the setting of shuttering, fixing of reinforcement and pouring of concrete, will be carried out on our behalf by STAM Construction, a specialist organisation who regularly deliver major projects for Severn Trent and their contract partners.
One of the first tasks STAM will tackle is to prepare the 400+ reinforced concrete piles that are being installed to support part of the new reservoir. STAM will need to trim the tops of the piles to the correct level, and modify the pile reinforcement so that it ties in with the main structural reinforcement. They will be bringing some heavy equipment to do this which is due to arrive on site tomorrow. We are notifying customers who live on the delivery route, through Whatstandwell and Crich Market Place, and asking them to keep the route clear. We will be posting letters to these customers today - to see a copy of the letter click here
There are other low-loader movements planned by JC Balls on Friday and Saturday as they collect more heavy equipment from site. These will be between 11.00 and 13.00 both days, and will be accompanied by an escort vehicle.
Plant movements on the way
28 November 2014: The Ambergate Project Team would like to make customers aware of heavy plant movements which are planned for the next few days. These are due to the successful completion of a very significant milestone on the project, the earthworks for the Phase 1 works. Over the past 4 months we have carved a massive chunk of rock out of the hillside to reach the formation for the new structure, and formed large stockpiles of excavated material which will be used to restore the landscape on completion of the project in 2018.
The earthworks have been carried out by local firm JC Balls & Sons, and they will be sending in low-loaders to start taking their large excavators, bulldozers and dump trucks off site over the next few weeks.
The first large movement will be tomorrow and we are alerting residents living on the route of the low loader to ensure the route is clear so we do not cause any hold-ups. A copy of our notification can be seen by clicking here
Take a virtual fly-over of our site
27 November 2014: We now have 2 aerial surveys of our working area available, taken in September and October 2014. They show how the excavation and stockpiling of material has progressed over this time, as this element of the programme nears completion early in December.
It also shows the massive piling rig in action, boring the deep piles which will support part of the new reservoir, and the concrete batching plant which is supplying ready mixed concrete for the piles, and will produce the thousands of cubic metres of concrete to form the new reservoir.
Why not take a birds-eye view of our site, by clicking on the links below:
September aerial survey
October aerial survey
Advance Notification: Cowper Lane Closure
20 October 2014: We would like to make customers aware of a forthcoming road closure affecting Cowper Lane which is due to come into effect next week. The closure is associated with another Severn Trent project in the area, the Chadwick Nick Reservoir scheme.
Cowper Lane will be closed at its junction with Sandy Lane from Monday 27 October 2014 until Friday 14 November 2014.
This will be followed by work under temporary traffic light control on Sandy Lane, at its junction with Cowper Lane, which is expected to last for 3 weeks. The work will be managed by Laing O'Rourke, who will be notifying local residents of their plans. To see a copy of their letter, click here.
To see the location of the closure, and the diversion route, click here
Get a Bird's-eye view!
24 September 2014: The Ambergate Project Team have used a remote controlled drone to take some aerial shots of the site to provide an understanding of the scope and scale of the works and the project site. This is something we intend to do on a regular basis to record the progress towards completing the first reservoir, and the rest of the project. The first photos are a real eye-opener, and give a unique perspective of the work in progress.
Have a look at what the birds can see when they fly over the site: click on the link below to see what's going on
More plant on the way!
19 September 2014: The Ambergate Project Team would like to make customers aware of heavy plant movements which are planned for next week.
On Monday 22 September the concrete batching plant is being delivered to site. The batching plant is made up of 3 large loads which will need to take the route through Whatstandwell and Crich Village to get to site, due to the size of the loads.
Also on Monday we will be taking delivery of a large item of compaction plant which will prepare the site for the piling equipment which is due to arrive early next month. The compaction plant is due to arrive on site around 13.00 after a long journey from Scotland, and will also need to follow the route through Whatstandwell.
We will be notifying customers who live on the access route to make them aware of our plans, and ask them to park vehicles considerately so that we do not cause any hold-ups on local roads. All our abnormal deliveries will have an escort vehicle accompanying them through the villages to ensure they have a clear road in front of them.
Shaping up: Earthworks going to plan
22 August 2014: The Ambergate Project Team would like to update customers on progress with the bulk excavation for Reservoir No.1. The excavators and fleet of dump tucks are working in sequence to break out and transport material from the excavation, and spread and compact it on the designated stockpile area. The excavation profile has been engineered to ensure we take out the minimum volume needed to provide a stable working area for the construction activities to follow.
When finally complete it will provide an impressive view from the base of the excavation, with an almost vertical rockface which will be 15.0m deep at the highest point. This will be in mid November 2014. Have a look at works in progress:
Advance Warning: Closure of Chadwick Nick Lane: 15 August 2014
08 August 2014: The Ambergate Project Team would like to make customers aware of our plans to close a short section of Chadwick Nick Lane next week. The closure is required to enable us to bring an improved water supply to our site, to make sure we can mix concrete at the rate we need when reservoir construction is in full swing later this year.
We will be taking our new supply from the existing water main running under the fields between Chadwick Nick Lane and The Common. The new pipeline will cross Chadwick Nick Lane just north of our access road, and will be laid to where we will be setting up our concrete batching plant on site.
The closure will prevent vehicles from passing this section of Chadwick Nick Lane from 07.30 until 17.30 on Friday 15 August, but we will ensure that pedestrian access will not be affected. We will notify local residents in advance of this work, and apologise for any inconvenience this closure may cause.
To see a copy of the notification click here
06 August 2014: Making good progress
The Ambergate Project Team would like to update customers on site progress over the past few weeks.
Local residents fronting the main access routes to our site will have witnessed numerous movements of heavy items of plant on local roads as we have mobilised for the earthworks element of our project.
Over the next 16 to 18 weeks this fleet of equipment will be digging, transporting and stockpiling all the material we will need to remove before we can start construction of the first new reservoir structure. In total, we will need to dig out and stockpile 123,000 cubic metres (Approx 250,000 tons) of soil and rock to prepare for the first structure.
To provide access to all areas of the site we have needed to construct protective slabs above the Derby and Leicester trunk water mains, which run side by side through our site, and the Nottingham main which follows a separate route towards its destination. These strategic mains are now protected from any potential threat from our construction activities. The mains are a mixture of cast iron and steel pipes which have been in service for 100 years, so we cannot be too careful. The biggest main is the Leicester Main at 49" internal diameter, followed by the Derby Main at 40" dia. The Nottingham Main is a baby by comparison at 29", but all 3 mains are essential to the water supply to the East Midlands and need to be protected at all cost.
We have also needed to remove and grind up all the tree stumps remaining from earlier site clearance works - over
3,000 stumps in total! To do this we brought a piece of specialist kit to site which is specifically designed for this purpose, and this made short work of the task.
We have removed a lot of the subsoil over the area to be excavated, exposing the rockhead which is typical for the area. We will start removing and crushing the rock later this week, stockpiling the crushed rock for the final reinstatement of the site in less than 3 years' time.
15 July 2014: More plant is on the way
The Ambergate Project Team would like to make customers aware of more movements of heavy plant and equipment planned for tomorrow and Thursday. We will be taking delivery of another large tracked excavator on Wednesday morning, and another piece of equipment, a Doppstadt DW 3060, on Thursday morning. This machine is designed to grind the tree stumps which will be removed in advance of the bulk excavation for the reservoir.
Both of these items will be routed via Whatstandwell and Crich, and we are contacting residents on the route if their normal parking arrangements may obstruct our deliveries. Current estimate is that deliveries will land on site between 09.00 and 12.00 tomorrow each morning. For further information click here
On to the next Milestone
10 July 2014: The Ambergate Project Team announce the next stage of the project is about to start.
The first major element of the construction programme is the excavation for the new reservoir and the storing of the excavated material in designated areas of the site in engineered stockpiles. This work is expected to take between 16 and 18 weeks. In association with this work, we need to grub up and shred the tree stumps which were left after the programme of tree-felling earlier in the project.
We are pleased to announce that we have had successful negotiations with local firm JC Balls, who are based in Ambergate and have the specialist plant needed to dig, carry and place the earth and rock that we need to remove before we can start construction of the new reservoir.
JC Balls have been awarded this package of work, and will be bringing their large excavators and other equipment to site over the next few days.
The first piece of plant is a large tracked excavator, and this is due to arrive on site tomorrow afternoon, via Whatstandwell and Crich. It will be escorted to site by JC Balls to ensure the safety of other road users. More deliveries are planned for early next week. As before, in advance of abnormal deliveries to site, we ask our neighbours to park their vehicles considerately along the route, to avoid unnecessary delays to local traffic.
Ambergate Project Team gets ready to move in
The Ambergate Project Team will soon be in a position to move into their new home for the next 4 years. Over the past month our attention has been focussed on fitting out our new office complex and connecting essential services - water, electric and telephone, and installing the drainage to the building.
Outside we have been putting the final touches to the temporary car park and pedestrian access to it, and the access road from The Common. The Project Team will start moving in to the new offices early next week.
Below are some photos showing what we have been doing over the last few weeks.
Ambergate Team supports Whatstandwell Festival this week-end
The Ambergate Project Team have started their community support initiative by providing help to the organisers of the Whatstandwell Festival which takes place this Saturday, 21 June 2014. Responding to a request for assistance from the Festival Committee, we have provided safety barriers and a stand-by lighting generator to keep revellers safe during the festivities.
We have also provided a refrigerator to make sure visitors have something cool to satisfy their thirsts on what is expected to be a warm and dry evening. Let's hope it is a resounding success - for details of the festival follow this link:
If you are organising a local event and need support, contact the Project Team to see if they can help
Customer Update: Proposed site works that may affect you
Friday 20 June 2014: Update - Surfacing to Car Park
The Ambergate Project Team would like let customers know that the surfacing of our temporary car park adjacent to Chadwick Nick Lane is now finished. The works suffered a slight set-back on Monday when the plant supplying us with materials broke down in the afternoon, preventing us from achieving our target for the day.
The restriction on HGV deliveries after 3.00pm meant that we were unable to complete on Tuesday, and we needed to take deliveries on Wednesday to finish off the job.
However the car park is looking good already, and will look even better when the white lines are added next week.
Monday 16 June 2014: Surfacing to Car Park
The Ambergate Project Team would like to make customers aware of work taking place over the next 2 days which will require a number of wagon movements during the permitted delivery times.
We will belaying the tarmac surfacing to the temporary car park today and tomorrow, which will require up to 30 loads of tarmac to be delivered to site over the next 2 days. The deliveries will be split evenly over Monday and Tuesday if all goes to plan, and the first load is scheduled for delivery at 09.30 on Monday.
Tuesday 10 June 2014: Mission accomplished
The 16 units forming our Site Office and Welfare Complex were delivered to site over 2 days last week, and assembled into a double layered format to fully utilise the limited space within the Severn Trent site area. These units are in the process of fitting-out in preparation for the arrival of the Project Construction Team.
The delivery went without a hitch, and with the help and co-operation of local residents avoided any congestion or disruption on the local road network.
Tuesday 03 June 2014: So far so good!
Our mission to take delivery of our 16 site welfare and office accommodation units over the next 2 days is all going according to plan. We have already had all of today's quota delivered to site, and these have been offloaded and positioned on their prepared foundation plinths. If things continue at the same rate tomorrow, all 16 units should be in place, adjusted and connected by the end of the day.
This could not have been achieved without the co-operation of residents living on the access route, who have responded to our request to park considerately over these 2 days. This has helped to prevent hold-ups and congestion on the local road network. As yet there are no reports of major disruption on this route, and we thank everyone for playing their part in helping this operation go so smoothly.
Let us hope for another good day tomorrow.
Meanwhile our drainage works on Chadwick Nick Lane and The Common have progressed well today, and we are expecting these works to be completed and reinstated by close of play on Wednesday Evening.
Friday 30 May 2014: Next week promises to be a busy week for the site team as the project reaches another important milestone - the delivery of our office and welfare accommodation units.
There are 16 units in total forming the site establishment set-up, and these will be linked together on a prepared foundation to serve the project over the next 4 years.
The delivery has been planned to coincide with the road closure on Chadwick Nick Lane to avoid any interruption on local traffic near our site entrance. The mobile crane required to off-load and position the units will arrive at 09.00 on Tuesday 03 June, and the unit deliveries will follow shortly afterwards.
We are expecting to take delivery of the units over a 2-day period, and due to their size they will need to be escorted to site via the A6 and B5035 through Whatstandwell and into Crich Market Place, where they will turn into Surgery Lane to reach the site access off The Common.
We will need to put out No Parking cones at Crich to ensure the route is unobstructed, and we would ask all residents living on or near the route to park considerately on the 2 days to prevent traffic delays on these roads.
For more details click here
Friday 23 May 2014: We would like to make customers aware of forthcoming work which will affect access on Chadwick Nick Lane for 2 days early next month. The work is required to install our temporary off-site drain which will serve our site welfare and accommodation units for the duration of the construction programme.
The route of the drain follows the temporary access road before connecting to the existing drains at the access to the Briars Centre. To install the drain we will need to use temporary traffic lights on The Common, and we will also need to close a short section of Chadwick Nick Lane.
The work is due to start week commencing 02 June 2014, and the closure of Chadwick Nick Lane will start at 09.30 on Tuesday 03 June 2014, and will last for 2 days. We will be covering this excavation outside working hours to allow pedestrian access through our working area, but Chadwick Nick Lane will be closed to through traffic during this time.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, and promise to complete the work as quickly as possible and restore vehicular traffic as soon as we can.
We have notified local residents who may be affected by our proposed works, and have erected advance warning signs to alert customers ahead of the closure.
For details of the work click here
Tuesday 13 May 2014: We will be casting a concrete protection slab tomorrow which will be used to carry construction traffic across the old brick culvert which feeds the reservoir from Bamford Water Treatment Works. The concrete pour will start at 09.00 on Wednesday 14 May 2014, and will require 20 loads of concrete to be delivered to site . For details click here
Customer Update: Proposed work on Chadwick Nick Lane
We will be surfacing and white-lining a section of Chadwick Nick Lane near its junction with our site access road.
Work is planned for Wednesday 23 April 2014. For details click here