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Dustacco has successfully completed a complex £2.5M contract at Davyhulme Waste Water Treatment Works (WwTW) in Manchester, as part of United Utilities’ Sludge Balanced Asset Programme.

Working with principal contractors Black &Veatch (B&V), Dustacco’s role in the project involved supplying, manufacturing and installing 8,000m of above-ground Stainless Steel, Scotchkote ™ Carbon Steel and Ductile Iron process pipework, plus the manufacture and installation of 250T of galvanized mild steel supports, bridges and metalwork. In addition to the main contract, Dustacco also successfully delivered the detailed design and installation of £500k of boiler house services (steam, condensate, gas, oil, water, air, access metalwork and ventilation) for both B&V and steam specialists Spirax-Sarco.

Project Manager Martin Clark said: “Both the design and installation phases of this project were especially challenging due to problems posed by a number of underground services, obstacles and hazards. However we pro-actively engaged with B&V in a spirit of mutual trust and collaboration, to design solutions which ultimately overcame these challenges to successfully deliver the project. We are very proud of our team who worked incredibly hard throughout the 21 months it took to complete and we look forward to working on future projects with B&V.”

One of the largest of its kind in the UK, Davyhulme WwTW has been in operation since 1894 and serves a population equivalent of 1.2 million for sewage treatment in and around the city of Manchester. The major upgrade will bring significant environmental benefits, including the generation of electricity from biogas, the potential to provide a sustainable source of soil improver and the ability to double digester loading, and therefore eliminating the need for a new sludge incineration plant.