Cumbernaul​d constructi​on site wins praise from Considerat​e Constructo​rs Scheme

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 16:36 BST on Friday 13th July 2012.

The £8 million upgrade project underway at Scottish Water’s Dunnswood site has received a plaudit from the Considerate Constructors Scheme, who praised the site as “exceptional” in a recent report.

The project is being carried out for Scottish Water by their project delivery arm, Scottish Water Solutions. The main contractor for the project is Expanded Ltd, who also manage the construction site.

The inspection for the report is extremely thorough and looks at every aspect of the site. Some of the key areas covered are:

·         Communication with local   residents

·         Health and safety   processes at the site

·         Environmental impact of   the works

·         Cleanliness and appearance   of the site

·         “Good neighbour   practices”

·         Courteous behaviour policy   towards other workers and the public

·         Detailed health and safety   plan

·         Equal opportunities   policies

·         Training matrix to   identify training requirements

The site scored 36.5 out of 40, which is the highest score yet for a Scottish Water Solutions project. The top 10% sites are automatically put forward for the Annual National Site Awards – which means the Cumbernauld site has a good chance of being put forward. The average score is around 31 points.

The site received praise for going the extra mile for local people and visitors while also protecting the environment. This included goodwill gestures such as helping out local people with storm damaged trees and repairing fences; hosting visits from Strathclyde University students and briefing local schools on health and safety.

In addition the team from Expanded have been doing their bit for the environment keeping local roads and pathways clean from construction mud and dirt; ensuring nearby watercourse are protected from any pollution; straw bales adjacent to burn to stop dirty water entering burn; local labour and suppliers used and car sharing encouraged amongst workers.

Martin Evans, Construction Manager, Scottish Water Solutions, said: “We’re proud to have received this high score for our site. The Dunnswood project is an ambitious step to construct a whole new waste water treatment process alongside the existing process to comply with new standards for waste water treatment, and to provide for future population growth in the area as a result of development in and around Cumbernauld.

“The work will reduce ammonia, phosphorous and biological oxygen demand (BOD) levels in the final effluent from the works. All of these are factors that have potential to affect water quality in the Upper Clyde river system.

“The works has performed well in years gone by but this significant investment will bring it up to 21st century standards.

“Dunnswood waste water treatment works (WWTW) discharges into the Red Burn, which then feeds into the Upper Clyde. The area around the works is primarily woodland and is well screened from the road, however it is popular with local walkers and home to a lot of the local wildlife. Therefore it is important we preserve this area and the water quality is a large part of that.

“The work taking place on site is considerable – we are basically constructing a whole new WWTW alongside the existing one. This involves pumping stations, a sampling chamber, giant underground tanks, a sludge treatment and storage facility, electrical controls and maintenance of existing kit on site as well. Work is due for completion in July 2013.”

In addition, a sustainable urban drainage scheme (SUDS) programme is well underway. The first pond near Wardpark Industrial Estate is completed, and work is progressing on the several more ponds on the other side of the road.

Scottish Water has frozen its charges for 2012/13 as well as keeping average water charges the lowest in the UK. The utility firm has cut the costs of running the utility by 40 per cent while delivering the largest investment programme per household in the UK.

For more information on the work Scottish Water is doing, visit the dedicated web pages at Scottish Water is also on Facebook: and Twitter: @scottishwaterpr.

The improvement programme at Dunnswood is being carried out by Scottish Water Solutions, the project delivery arm of Scottish Water. Solutions is an innovative joint venture partnership which includes some of the world’s largest engineering and construction companies. During the first two years (2010/11 and 2011/12) Solutions has delivered around £150 million of capital investment on behalf of Scottish Water, improving treatment works, water mains, sewers and networks across Scotland.