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Children Plant Lasting Legacy At Birmingham Reservoir

13 June 2014

Costain has helped local schoolchildren leave a lasting legacy at its Bartley Reservoir site in Birmingham.

Children from Woodcock Hill Primary School planted four trees – a large leaf lime, a small leaf lime, a wild service and an oak – donated by Costain and its Severn Trent Water framework supply chain.  The native trees were selected with the help of Birmingham City Council park rangers, and chosen for their rarity, aesthetic value and ability to reduce pollution. Draper Civil Engineers prepared the ground for the planting, while AVRS, Bachy Soletanche, MWH, Costain, CES and AlphaPlus funded the purchase of the trees, planting kits and commemoration plaques.

The trees have been planted on green space close to the area where Costain is currently carrying out two improvement projects for Severn Trent Water. Their planting will be a lasting reminder of the work, said Andy Smith, Framework Aftercare Manager.

“I have always planted trees wherever I live – it’s a great way to leave a legacy for planted that tree” and so it can continue down the generations.

“I am delighted with the support and engagement of our supply chain who, through donations and assistance on the day, made it a really special experience for the pupils and staff alike.”

Costain has installed a new scour valve to allow the reservoir to drain down in an emergency, and is drilling four new boreholes on the dam embankment to help reduce leakage.

The first project involved the installation of an extra actuated valve in a new chamber on the outfall pipework, together with an overflow and associated headwall close by. This will allow the existing valves to be tested regularly without the loss of any water. The second involves drilling four boreholes up to 54m deep on the dam embankment, to intercept the leakage paths under the dam. The work includes testing and grouting down the boreholes to try to reduce the seepage.

Work on the projects, which began last October, is on course to be finished in June. 


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