Laing O’Rourke to utilise BIM on Davyhulme wastewater plant refurb

Credit: United Utilities
Credit: United Utilities

Fresh off the news of their £104 million development of an off-site housing factory, Laing O’Rourke are making the headlines again with news of utilising Building Information Modelling on a new £170 million modernisation of a wastewater treatment works.

The Construction Index are reporting that a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and Imtech have been chosen as main contractor to revamp the Davyhulme Wastewater Treatment Works in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Hyder Consulting and Mott MacDonald will act as consultant engineers on the development which will see Laing O’Rourke orchestrate the construction of six new circular PSTs – or primary settlement tanks – alongside 10 circular final settlement tanks (FSTs) and a sole activated sludge plant (ASP).

The source article notes that “the project team will use digital engineering, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and DfMA (Design for Manufacture & Assembly) processes” and judging from past experience, they believe they will be able to complete the work without needing for the site to cease operations.

United Utilities appointed Laing O’Rourke and Imtech to carry out the work, and they provided comment courtesy of their Senior Project Manager Richard Sutton: “Davyhulme is an iconic site where modern wastewater treatment was invented more than 100 years ago, stated Sutton. “We are keen to get started on this next development in the plant’s history, to ensure we continue to serve the people of Manchester into the 21st Century.”

The contractors also released a statement: “Our ability to maximise the benefits of modern, offsite construction and engineering techniques is central to our solution, meaning that we can deliver this complex scheme in a live environment with minimal disruption,” explained Laing O’Rourke Imtech Project Director, Graham Flynn.

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