Utilities contractor offers comprehensive service for new sewer connections

Posted: Monday 14th November 2011

Opening up busy urban streets to install new sewer connections often attracts the attention of many different parties, from highway authorities to local business representatives and the emergency services. Most have valid questions that need addressing and points to put across. But the developer who needs a connection to be made is not usually best placed to answer technical queries, manage the process and deal with all of the paperwork.

Step forward the utility and civil engineering contractor Browne, which is extending its sewer connection services across London and the Home Counties. The Company has over 30 years’ experience of laying sewerage infrastructure, often in very busy urban areas, and is keen to undertake projects of any size for property developers, architects and builders.

Browne can take a drainage design from feasibility study right through to obtaining a consent to connect from a sewerage provider. The Company then constructs new connections using fully accredited operatives and supervisors, and ensures that works are carried out to ‘Adoptable Standards’.

But the really clever part of Browne’s offering is that the Company also 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.

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

“We see ourselves as a one stop shop for clients involved in property development and provide a specialist workforce with experience of working safely in deep trenches, shafts and tunnels,” says the Company’s Sewer 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.”

Recent examples of high profile schemes where Browne has provided sewer connections include the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge and a new development adjacent to Trafalgar Square in central London. In each case the Company designed and built new sewer connections, and liaised with numerous third parties located nearby to explain the nature of works and answer queries.

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