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Severn Trent's Newark sewer and freshwater scheme is an international engineering finalist

Severn Trent's project in Newark has been named as a finalist in the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) People’s Choice Award, which is voted for by members of the public.

The company invested £60m into the town to improve its water and waste network, and now joins finalists from across the globe all hoping to be named the best civil engineering project in the world.

Tim Sawyer, project manager at Severn Trent, said: “To be a finalist in this category is an amazing achievement for us, our work in Newark has been a tremendous success, and we’re so thankful for the support from the people who live here who have been with us from the start.


“This project means everyone can benefit from bigger and better sewers in the town that will protect them from sewer flooding, and they will also have a water supply that they can rely on for future generations, and now we’d really love it if local people voted for us in the award to show their pride in the project.”

The ICE awards are an opportunity for the general public to vote for the best engineering project in the world, and Severn Trent was entered after its Newark Project won the ICE East Midlands large project category earlier this year.

It was a complex engineering scheme that included boring a tunnel from the Crankley Point sewage treatment works to Millgate that it is possible to drive a Transit van through.

The company, along with working partners BNM Alliance, have been working in Newark since 2016, with all work due to be completed by the end of this year.

Once complete, the project will see more than 400 homes and businesses provided with extra protection from sewer flooding, and 15 miles of new and improved water and waste pipes for the town.

“A lot of planning and effort went into making this project a success, and local people, the council and community groups can take a lot of the credit for that,” he said.

Part of the project saw the company use extensive tunneling under the streets of Newark to create huge new sewers, as well as building a brand new pumping station to better manage storm water during extreme rainfall.

He said: “To be up for such a prestigious award means the world to us, so we really hope that anyone who’s benefitted from our project or appreciates the magnitude of engineering needed for this project, takes a moment to vote for us.”

To vote for Severn Trent’s project in Newark head over to https://www.ice.org.uk/what-is-civil-engineering/peoples-choice-award-2019


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