Southern Water’s site at Peacehaven gets top marks

THE SITE of a £300m scheme to bring cleaner seas to Sussex has been rated as one of the best in the country.

Southern Water’s scheme to build a new waste water treatment works at Lower Hoddern Farm, Peacehaven, scored 37.5 out of 40 when it was independently assessed by the Considerate Constructor Scheme at the start of November.

The Considerate Constructor Scheme is an independent body that aims to improve the image of construction.

This is the highest score a Southern Water site has ever achieved and puts it in the top two per cent in the country.

The new works are being built on behalf of Southern Water by 4Delivery, a consortium between Costain, Veolia and MWH.

It judges a range of factors associated with the site and the way it is managed by the company and contractors including how clean, safe and environmentally responsible it is, whether it is respectful and considerate to its neighbours and how responsible and accountable it is.

Scheme inspector Anthony Harris said: “An excellent site - an example for others to follow.”

During the assessment the site scored top marks in three of the eight categories – ‘A good neighbour’, ‘Safe’ and ‘Respectful’ – which look at both the consideration for the local community and the workers on site.

Project manager for Southern Water Ben Green said: “It is a great acknowledgement of the hard work by everyone on the site to ensure that we minimise any disruption caused by the construction and that our staff go home safely every day.”

The new wastewater treatment works are part of Southern Water’s £300m scheme to bring cleaner seas to Sussex.

The project also includes 11km of new sewer tunnel, three pumping stations and a new 2.5km long sea outfall.