End in sight for water project

Scottish Water is investing £5.6million in Forres sewage works with AJE playing a key role in the improvements.

The main part of the project which began in 2020, involves refurbishing the existing works, including mechanical and electrical equipment at the site being upgraded or replaced to increase capacity.

The work at the Invererne Road site for contractor ESD on behalf of Scottish Water, is expected to be finished this autumn.

The Forres Wastewater Treatment Works currently serve a population of around 14,500 people and the upgrade will mean the depot is able to continue to meet the needs of the growing community while protecting the environment.

A spokesman for Scottish Water said: “A number of key assets on site were identified for refurbishment or replacement and upgrading, these included new sludge storage capacity on site. Once work is complete the Forres Waste Water Treatment Works will have capacity to serve up to 17,000 people.”

Leading on the project for AJE is Wilson Burnett, M&E Technical Services Manager.

He said: “AJE has a long history of working on different wastewater projects and this one has been straightforward. Our role has included refurbishing the eight existing biological filter beds, including new penstocks to control the flows. We have also installed new access steelwork to the penstock chambers and to the new inlet works area, where debris and grit will be screened out of the incoming wastewater.”

The works for AJE also include the construction of a new bridge over the Mosset Burn to create a new access road to the site. The new route will remove the requirement for Scottish Water to access the site through Christie Elite Nurseries via a level crossing on the railway line.

Project manager, Kevin Smith is handling this part of the project where AJE will be fabricating and installing the bridge.

Working for Livingston-based Cleantech Civils on behalf of Scottish Water, AJE is providing two main girder beams and 24 cross beam sections for the bridge which will be 16 metres long and 8 metres wide.

It is expected that the installation of the bridge will take place at the start of this month. (July)





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