Charles Brand has successfully tendered the second phase of Northern Ireland Waters multi million pound investment programme to improve water quality and supply across the province. Work under this framework is also necessary to improve water quality, to ensure sufficient capacity to meet future demands and to comply with all current National and European environmental regulations, by renewing water mains and addressing problems such as bursts, poor pressure and leaks.
The framework management involves all enabling works, detailed design, planning, programming, customer liaison, Symology noticing, pre-chlorination, construction of new water mains, as well as construction and commissioning of potable water pumping stations and service reservoirs with associated M&E works.
Some important works undertaken in the Framework has been the completion of the A2 Bangor scheme, one of the busiest dual carriageways in Northern Ireland, which involved the replacement of 6.9km of watermain and taking possession of 2 lanes of the dual carriageway from 8pm on a Friday through to 6am on a Monday, working 24 hours a day in order to avoid disruption to weekday traffic flows.
Other work packages included, two complex river crossings. Directional Drilling was completed under the River Moyola with 630mm PE pipe and the River Strule saw the placement of two 450mm PE pipes. Both rivers had challenging ground conditions with significant environmental and fisheries importance.
James leads all pre-construction activity including Business Development, Supply Chain Engagement, Preparation of PQQs, Tenders and Managing Multi-Disciplinary Teams. A graduate of the Queens University of Belfast, James is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, specialising in infrastructure and marine engineering.