UK-based United Utilities Group has received final planning consent from Allerdale Council for the construction of a £300M water pipeline project in West Cumbria, UK.
The project had already been approved by Copeland Council and the Lake District National Park Authority.
The scope of the project will include the construction of 100km of pipeline, and associated infrastructure including a new water treatment works, two service reservoirs and a pumping station to take water from Thirlmere reservoir.
United Utilities’ project director John Hilton said: “This scheme will ensure West Cumbria has a secure water supply for the long term, and we are delighted that it has been given the green light.
“The area currently relies on water sources on its doorstep, including Ennerdale Water — a natural lake of significant environmental importance. The new scheme will ease the pressure on these sensitive local water sources and provide a more secure supply for homes and businesses for the decades to come.
“This is the culmination of several years of detailed planning and consultation. We’ve worked closely with local communities, businesses and stakeholders to develop a scheme which delivers major long-term benefits for west Cumbria, while seeking to minimise traffic inconvenience and safeguarding the environment during construction.”
Construction on the project is expected to commence in March 2017, and take four years to be completed. The project will create up to 400 construction jobs in the region.
* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.