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Deep drainage installations ease flood risk at the Borough

Posted: Thursday 12th July 2012

An enhanced capacity drainage system has been installed beneath Borough High Street in Southwark by the utilities contractor J Browne to disperse rainwater more effectively and reduce the risk of flooding during heavy downpours.

The new drainage system has also been designed to accommodate a likely increase in surface water run off from several new buildings under construction nearby, as part of the

London Bridge Quarter urban regeneration project.

Browne’s work included excavations up to 6m deep and creation of long stretches of tunnel to install new drainage gullies at 12 locations in the local area. “Flooding has long been a problem along Borough High Street because the existing system of collecting and dispersing water was installed over 50 years ago and was no longer adequate,” said Browne’s Connections Manager Pat Kavanagh.

Upgrade to the drainage system formed part of a larger project to enhance the carriageways and footways around Borough High Street, carried out by Transport for London’s contractor Ringway Jacobs.

Browne has a long history of installing utility services in London and is currently creating new waste water connections to a new development at Blackfriars, associated with an upgrade to the railway station. The Company recently completed work in Mayfair to install sewerage infrastructure to a building under construction by Sir Robert McAlpine, and is working for Mace at the Three Quays development near Tower Bridge.

“We see ourselves as a one stop shop for clients involved in new development and provide a specialist workforce with experience of working safely in deep trenches, shafts and tunnels,” says Connections Manager Pat Kavanagh. “We are geared up to provide our services for a full range of clients, from developers of large commercial schemes to individual homeowners modifying their properties.”

Browne can also set out traffic management and diversions using its specialist in house team and deals directly with a local authority’s highway, building control and planning departments.

The Company deals with all of the necessary – but time consuming – administration such as applying for and obtaining statutory licences, streetworks notices and traffic orders, producing and obtaining agreement of traffic management plans, organising parking bay suspensions and road closures, and liaison with interested third parties including the general public and regulatory organisations.

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