Laing O’Rourke wins £123m sewage works upgrade contract in UK

WCN Editorial Team 4 Aug 2020 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Laing O’Rourke has secured a £123m contract from Thames Water to conduct sewage upgrade work in Beckton, UK.

The three-year upgrade, which forms part of Thames Water’s AMP7 schedule, is expected to begin early next year. As part of the contract, Laing O’Rourke will build a completely new inlet works and will extend aeration lanes and settlement tanks.

Considered to be one of the largest sewage treatment works in Europe, Beckton is also being prepared to receive wastewater from the new 25km ‘super sewer’ Thames Tideway Tunnel, under the River Thames, which is due for completion by 2024.

Thames Water capital delivery director John Bentley said: “Awarding this contract is a significant milestone as it is the first major project awarded as part of our £5 billion 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.”

The new project is expected to create about 30 local jobs and is part of a 25-year investment plan to ensure that the site meets the best environmental standards.

Laing O’Rourke UK infrastructure head Declan McGeeney said: “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 off-site 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 utility has also announced that it is working with the Mayor of London on an infrastructure package to help kickstart the economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.


Aerial view of Beckton Sewage Treatment Works (Credit: Thames Water Utilities Limited.)

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