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Sludge Drying Reed Beds

In Case Studies by Kate Wilson

End User: Diageo

Surface Treatment Area: Approx 500m²

Value: £220,000

Once Eco∼tech Systems were nominated as the preferred contractor, a site meeting was held between the representatives of the Client, the Designer and Eco∼tech Systems to determine the most suitable location of the proposed Reed Beds.

Careful consideration was given to the protection of the adjoining burn that fed the distillery, the site’s surface water drainage system, the close proximity of the main line railway that passes through the land, and the logistics of undertaking the works in the confines of one of Scotland’s busiest distilleries.

Eco∼tech Systems undertook a detailed site investigation involving an extensive Topological Survey to determine the location of utilities, services and surface / foul water drainage. This information was formulated into comprehensive reports and drawings that were used to complete the design.

The information was invaluable as it highlighted the location of services and obstructions that allowed the final location of the Reed Beds to be determined.

This was the first construction of its kind for the treatment of distillery waste in the UK, commanding some intense pre-construction planning and discussion with the Client ensuring that the numerous environmental, ecological, process production and Health and Safety matters all had the correct consideration.

All site works and activities were monitored closely by a combination of Eco∼tech System’s and Diageo’s site Management and Health & Safety professionals. Daily briefings ensured that all appropriate distillery site staff and site construction workers were all kept fully informed of site deliveries, additional contractors and the general day to day operation of the distillery, resulting in the smooth running of the build.

Works on site included the demolition and re-cycling of existing concrete structures, isolated pad foundations and floor slabs, the installation of pressure mains, a number of central delivery outlet pipes, return-flow drainage lines, installation of valve control systems and associated deep inspection facilities and chambers, major earthworks excavation and placement, electrical ducting & supply, new access roads, reinstatement of asphalt surfaces and comprehensive site landscaping package.

Eco∼tech Systems completed the works on a fully operational site and without disturbing the production process at any time. Site Managers liaised on a daily basis with the Diageo Site and Operations Managers and all other relevant Project Managers, throughout the duration of the Contract. All site works were completed to the usual high standards of quality, health and safety, and without incident.

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