Scottish Water completes reline under busy Inverness street
Scottish Water has completed a relining project to rehabilitate a sewer beneath a busy street in Inverness, Scotland.
The work beneath Fraser Street started in mid-September, after Scottish Water engaged with stakeholders and determined the best way to complete the project with minimal impact on the community was to avoid excavation and use trenchless rehabilitation.
Lanes Group was contracted to access the sewer and perform the rehabilitative works using existing manholes, relining the asset with new resin.
“The work was done to help prevent us from having to carry out really intrusive excavations and long, long delays for traffic, especially during the tourist season,” said Lanes Group Regional Development Manager David Beveridge.
“We were coming in during the evenings setting up our traffic management, carrying out the work, removing the traffic management in the morning and no one was aware of our presence.”
After liaising with the Inverness Business Improvement District (BID), nearby businesses and transport operators, the road closed each night from 7.30pm to 7am over a two-week period.
The trenchless method permitted the road to re-open each morning, allowing businesses, local residents and tourists unrestricted access during the day.
Inverness BID’s Mike Smith said that it was a rare, but welcome, change for a company to engage with stakeholders early on in the process and incorporate community input into the planned works.
“When something happens that nobody knows about it can cause utter chaos so we very much welcome the work that was done in Fraser Street and the way it was approached by Scottish Water,” said Mr Smith.
“I was amazed to be honest because it’s unusual for the agencies to contact us and certainly very unusual to be contacted as early as Scottish Water did.
“It gave an opportunity to input early and then to work to the proposed plan and to all benefit by it.
“We should approach it on the basis that businesses want to see improvement and they’re not going to be negative, and the more you engage with them the better it will be.”
Scottish Water’s Trish Wilson said that minimising disruption to customers was a high priority for the utility.
“Customers are our priority at Scottish Water and all work we do we always try and make sure that disruption is minimised as much as possible,” said Ms Wilson.
“For the project in Fraser Street we engaged with stakeholders and business leaders at an early stage and this helped us be able to organise a working schedule that ensured minimum disruption.”
For more information visit the Scottish Water website.
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