Newcastle Wastewater Treatment Works upgrade hailed as ‘excellent’

The NI Water contract team who completed a £10m upgrade at Newcastle Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW) has been honoured with an ‘excellent’ CEEQUAL award for its engineering and environmental work.

CEEQUAL – the Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and Award Scheme – honours the commitment of those in the civil engineering industry that achieve high environmental, economic and social performance and rewards project teams that go the extra mile to accomplish distinctive environmental and social performance in their work.

Kieran Grant from NI Water accepts the ‘excellent’ award from Ian Nicholson of CEEQUAL on behalf of the project team comprising NI Water, Dawson Wam Ovivo JV and McAdam Design for the £10m Newcastle WwTW upgrade.

The Newcastle team impressed the assessors with their approach to protecting and enhancing the environment during the complex build of a 2,000m2 extension into the Irish Sea within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a Special Area of Conservation and an Area of Special Scientific Interest.

The extension was fitted out inside with an advanced treatment process to meet new Bathing Water Regulations and future-proofed to accommodate population growth in the seaside town. Outside, the roof of the 50m-long concrete structure was sown out with a special mix of indigenous coastal seeds to provide a soft green area which not only offers a more attractive view for the overlooking properties, but which also provides a natural habitat for local birds and insects.