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Abberton Reservoir Scheme

Increasing storage capacity

  • 58%

    Volume increase

  • 15B

    Additional liters

  • Essex, United Kingdom

    Essex, United Kingdom

Meeting future water requirements while reducing environmental footprint

Originally constructed in the 1930’s, the Abberton Reservoir had the capacity to stock 26 billion litres of water. Located in south east England, the facility supplies drinking water to the residents of Essex. To meet the needs of a rising population Essex & Suffolk Water implemented a scheme to increase the storage capacity, whilst minimising impact on the environment and improving amenity and ecological habitats.

Stantec was appointed to design sustainable solutions for expanding the reservoir to meet future demands. We focused on the need to maintain water production, retain existing key assets, and minimise disturbance of the reservoir that was to remain fully-operational during construction activities. We developed infrastructure improvements around the reservoir including a replacement off-take pumping station, re-engineered valve tower, pipelines and discharge channels, an outlet tunnel at the main dam and the re-routing of 2km of existing public highway around the enlarged reservoir perimeter.

Our team used the highest professional standards to ensure environmental protection and sustainable engineering. We increased Abberton’s storage capacity by raising the reservoir top water level by 3.2m to provide an additional 15,000Ml of raw water storage, an increase of 58%. The Abberton Scheme secures water supplies to Essex for generations to come, ensuring we are prepared for the future. The scheme has also provided additional benefits for the local community and the reservoir is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area under the Habitats Regulations and a Ramsar Site – a wetland of international importance.

At a Glance

Offices
Partners
  • Essex & Suffolk Water
Awards
The Legacy – Sustainability Award at the Constructing Excellence National 2015 Awards
Exceptional Merit Award for Sustainability and a Merit Award for Delivery
Expert Spotlight

Cath Schefer, Executive Vice President, Regional Operating Unit Leader

I’m passionate about bringing the combined knowledge and expertise of Stantec’s people across the world to deliver great projects for our clients and communities.
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Liz Chapman, UK Design Director

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Scott Jackson, Regional Director, Water

I have an open and honest leadership style which helps my team deliver innovative project solutions for our clients and communities.
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Craig McMaster, Strategy Director, Energy & Infrastructure UK

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John Ord, Business Director, Energy & Infrastructure

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Timothy Williams, Strategic Growth & Business Development Director, Water

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Jamie Woods, Regional Director, Water

Collaboration has always been at the heart of my approach – not just in technical delivery, but also business leadership.
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  • Cath Schefer

    Executive Vice President, Regional Operating Unit Leader

  • Liz Chapman

    UK Design Director

  • Scott Jackson

    Regional Director, Water

  • Craig McMaster

    Strategy Director, Energy & Infrastructure UK

  • John Ord

    Business Director, Energy & Infrastructure

  • Timothy Williams

    Strategic Growth & Business Development Director, Water

  • Jamie Woods

    Regional Director, Water

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