£8m NI Water investment to enhance local beaches

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Monday, December 12th, 2016
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Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick were on site recently to view the recently upgraded Newcastle Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW). 8m-beachesThis visit marks the completion of a major £8m investment at the plant in this popular tourist seaside town, which will deliver an improved standard of discharge to local bathing waters in line with future European Directives. As well as major refurbishment work at the existing WwTW, a major new extension was constructed which included an additional UV treatment stream and an extensive stormwater storage facility. The eco-friendly “green roof” of the new extension is also a highlight and NI Water’s project team worked closely with architects, engineers and local landscape experts to develop a visually-pleasing design for the roof of the new extension. The roof has been planted out with low-maintenance, native vegetation that will not only provide a natural habitat for birds and insects, but will also present an attractive landscape, which blends in with the scenic harbour area. Article continues below: 2nd-dec-2016-big-boxNewry, Mourne and Down Council are currently in the process of purchasing the Generator House, which NI Water no longer require at the Newcastle plant following the refurbishment. The Council intend to use the Generator House as a Harbourmaster’s Office and Public Information Point, which will further enhance the Harbour as part of the Council’s Regeneration Plan. Minister Chris Hazzard said, “I am delighted to be here today to view the upgraded Newcastle Treatment Works. This major investment is essential to enhance the beautiful Newcastle coastline, as well as protecting our local bathing waters. “In addition to environmental benefits, this project has also brought economic advantages to the area. Many local construction staff were involved in the project and a host of local building companies and services were used during the construction phase. “I am also pleased that Newry, Mourne and Down Council will be taking over the generator house which will further enhance the harbour area. This will provide a welcome boost both for tourism and the local community.”
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30th-nov-2016-small-boxChairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down Council, Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick added, “Newry, Mourne and Down Council are pleased to view the upgraded NI Water plant, which is essential to protect our bathing waters. “The scenic importance of the area was carefully considered throughout the project and the roof of the extension undoubtedly enhances the local landscape. She added, “The Council look forward to using the former generator house to further enhance and regenerate the harbour area for the general public and growing number of tourists in the area.” The contractor for the Newcastle project was a joint venture partnership between Saintfield-based Dawson WAM and Ovivo from Newry.

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