A major £200m construction project is taking place at Anchorsholme – United Utilities Wastewater Works will help to manage wastewater and improve bathing water quality.
Phase 1 of the works in Anchorsholme Park is a storage tank which is now complete (see how that was built below). Then United Utilities replaced the outfall pipe in the sea. Now they are completing major works in the park to build a new pumping station and landscape the site.
Dji Mavic-Air Drone captured these photos at the end of 2018. You can see that the construction works for the new buildings are nearing completion.
Making and Delivering the Outfall Pipe
Unfortunately, part of the original outfall pipe was damaged before the installation could be completed, in one of the storms of 2017. The short replacement piece of pipe was delivered and installed at the end of June/beginning of July 2018 as you can see in these photos –
The original, massive new outfall pipe measuring over 2 miles long, was delivered to the beach at Blackpool on 8/9 August 2017.
This video clip shows you how it was floated to Blackpool.
Watch a short video of how the pipe was prepared for delivery.
More about the Superpipe
- The 2 mile long pipe was floated 220 miles across the sea from Northern Ireland where it was fabricated.
- It took 4 years of planning, and weighs 20,000 tonnes – transportation and installation alone has needed the expertise of around 100 people.
- It’s roughly the same length as 25 Blackpool Towers are tall, or 12.5 of ‘The Shards’.
Many thanks to Geoff Haw for these photos taken at 7am on Wednesday 8 August 2017. The pipe was floated to shore on the previous high tide overnight.
Delivering the superpipe to Blackpool
Concrete collars are used to weight and protect the pipe. It’s towed across the sea in a pipestring with the concrete collars attached.
The supersize outfall pipe is an important part of United Utilities work to enhance the sewer network in Blackpool and will be used during periods of heavy rain to pump storm water away from the sewer network. It will not only help prevent flooding of properties, but with the storm water being pumped so far out into sea, it will help to protect bathing waters.
A new 30 metre deep storm tank, and a pumping station with the capacity to pump 14 tonnes of water per second through the massive new outfall pipes, are just two of the major engineering activities taking place. They will help to protect Blackpool’s Blue Flag beach and keep all of our bathing waters clean.
United Utilities work will be finished in 2019. A completely revamped Anchorsholme Park will be re-opened in 2020, boasting a new bowling club, a café, outdoor seating area, children’s playground, sports area with tennis courts and a trim trail.
More about the Pumping Station & Outfall Pipe
Project Number 80040279 phase 2
Phase 1 of the works in Anchorsholme Park to build a storage tank has now been completed (see how that was built below) and now United Utilities are carrying out the major works in the park to build a new pumping station and replace the outfall pipe in the sea.
Outfall Pipe at Anchorsholme – United Utilities Wastewater Works
At 4.5km the new Long Sea Outfall pipe is much longer than the existing one. Excess stormwater will be discharged through that and out to sea – after being screened in the new pumping station.
Laying a new outfall pipe under the sea is a complicated process and you’ll see plenty of activity on the shoreline while this work is going on.
A trenching vessel has been carrying out dredging works as part of this process, you can see it in action in these clips below, along with a cofferdam structure which has been built on the beach, so that the engineering works can take place. A new ramp has been built adjacent to the boating club house from where the engineers can access the beach safely.
Two lines of sheet piles have been installed on the beach and the area within them was excavated in preparation for the pipe.
The work on the beach has to be completed working with the tides, and requires working in the early hours of the morning and into the late evening.
The new pipe left Stathelle in Norway in early May 2017, bound for Loch Foyle in Northern Ireland where it will be fitted with concrete weights before heading to the beach to be installed this Summer. The new Long Sea Outfall pipe is expected to arrive in August.
A new underground pumping station has been built as part of Anchorsholme – United Utilities Wastewater Works. It’s intended to replace the facility currently located under the headland at the end of Anchorsholme Lane West.
This station at the headland is in need of repair but can’t be replaced in the existing location due to lack of space. Design parameters have changed since it was built and United Utilities would be unable to build and operate in this current location safely.
The new pumping station includes new structures which will enable United Utilities to screen and control the water that flows through it. A shaft which forms part of the new pumping station was sunk by installing concrete rings and excavating the earth from inside it, enabling it to sink below ground.
Storage Tank in Anchorsholme Park
The first phase of the United Utilities works in Anchorsholme Park to build a massive underground storage tank took about 18 months and is now complete.
They have built a huge concrete storage tank, 30m deep with a 30m diameter (that’s over 90′ both ways) the purpose of which is to store sewage and stormwater at periods of heavy rainfall, rather than having no choice but to discharge it out to sea.
This tank holds the storm water until the weather event has passed, then it’s passed to the sewage works at Fleetwood to be treated. When we say that it’s a big tank we’re not exaggerating – it can hold the equivalent of five Olympic sized swimming pools of water!
How the tank was built
Watch this excellent aerial video footage from our friend Quadographer13 which takes you through the whole process of how the tank has been constructed.
It’s all part of the work which is going on on the Fylde Coast to clean up our seas, and which has already led to Blackpool South beach winning its first ever blue flag.
Building the Tank at Anchorsholme – United Utilities Wastewater Works
These photos of the storage tank which is being constructed by United Utilities in Anchorsholme Park are also from Quadographer13. Watch the video above which also explains how the tank was built.
In times of heavy rainfall, the sewer system was unable to deal with the demands this large influx of rainfall. Due to the urban nature of the local area (many areas are developed with housing, business parks, retail parks and car parks) much of the rainfall is unable to soak away naturally.
This rainwater enters the sewer system and is mixed with the contents creating stormwater. When the local treatment works becomes unable to deal with the massive but temporary increase in flows, they are forced to deal with the excess.
Volumes can be stored to be treated later, and in the worst cases, they can discharge to sea a limited number of times over the course of a year.
In order for United Utilities to meet new tighter bathing water standards, they have built this tank to store more of this excess to be treated later.
The Park after works are complete…
Anchorsholme Park will be closed until the end of the project, projected to be in 2020.
It’s a big civil engineering project and the site must be kept safe, it’s also being used to store materials used during construction and soil which has been dug up so that it can be used at the end of the works to redevelop the park and improve facilities.
United Utilities and Blackpool Council originally commissioned a report from an independent organisation to carry out surveys of park users and other local groups. This was used to help designers determine the plan for redeveloping the park once the works are finished. The findings from this report were incorporated into the design which was submitted for planning consent.
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