Following a competitive tendering process held over the autumn and winter, utilities contractor Falco has been awarded a design & build contract to replace a life-expired sewage pumping station for a leading British multinational oil and gas company

The facility, which is located in Sunbury, is ‘home’ to around 3,500 staff from over 50 nations with most major world religions represented and some 30 languages spoken.

The project had previously been awarded to a third party contractor in 2020.  Works commenced on site but were subsequently abandoned due to difficulties in managing the high water table in challenging ground conditions.

Falco’s proven track record of managing risk in arduous geotechnical conditions convinced the client that they were the ideal design & build contractor to deliver the works. The scope covers the detailed design and installation of a new sewage pumping station to replace an existing life expired facility. The works are expected to take 5-6 months and due commence in March 2023.

Falco Contract Manager Tommy O’Rourke explained that a detailed construction methodology will be refined once they are able to undertake further soil sampling and testing to fully understand the local geology:

“We will be working with our design partners Fairhursts and dewatering specialists Dewatering Services Ltd to ensure that the temporary works and permanent design solutions are fully aligned to deliver a robust asset that will function long into the future.  The construction phase will involve contiguous bored piling, various dewatering techniques and the construction of a caisson shaft so technically it is a really interesting project for us to deliver”.

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