Barhale lands £21m upgrade scheme for Thames Water

The Mogden shaft - image: Barhale

Civil engineering, infrastructure and tunnelling specialist Barhale has been selected by Thames Water to deliver a £21m strategic investment in the Thames Water Ring Main (TWRM) in West London.

The Mogden Pump Out Shaft scheme will upgrade the existing inspection shaft on the TWRM, the vital fresh water artery running beneath London, to provide additional resilience of supply in the west of the capital.

Once operational, the Mogden Pump Out Shaft will be able to supply the whole of Thames Water’s Hampton area, which includes parts of West London, Kingston-Upon-Thames and Twickenham postcodes, at close to the normal operating pressure in the event of a failure at Hampton POS. 

More than 300,000 people take their water from the local network fed by Hampton Water Treatment Works.

Four pumps will be installed in the Mogden shaft and a new pipeline will be connected to the existing Kew 33” main to the north of the site. A new surge column, surge tank, additional surge vessels and control panel will be installed on the outgoing connection.

The Mogden Inspection Shaft is located in a separate compound in the North West corner of the Mogden Sewage Treatment Works site. 

The scheme will increase the footprint of the TWRM shaft compound to contain all new buildings, kiosks and ancillary equipment.

A new cover will be installed over the 38m deep shaft.

Shane Gorman, Barhale’s water director explained a number of considerations had to be overcome when shaping the design solution.

“At 7m the Mogden shaft is a narrower diameter than the 10m typical for a pump out shaft,” he said. “So our design has had to reflect the reduced available space.

“Additionally, this is a clean water solution located within a sewage treatment works site so we have to put in place measures to mitigate and prevent any potential for cross-contamination.

“We do have the advantage of significant experience of the shaft and the ring main dating back more than 30 years. 

“We are very pleased that Thames Water has chosen us for this important strategic investment which will provide crucial reinforcement for the water supply in West London.”


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