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Whilst WJ are well known and respected as one of the leading dewatering contractors in the UK, we have many other services within our oeuvre. We recently demonstrated one of these whilst undertaking in-tunnel probe drilling as part of the Thames Tideway works at the Dormay Street Shaft in Wandsworth.read more
2018 was a momentous year in the long history of WJ, with the launch of WJ Group, and major global projects such as Thames Tideway in London and Eglinton Crosstown LRT in Toronto hitting full throttle, therefore as the year drew to a close it was the perfect opportunity for all of our staff to let their hair down and relax.read more
2018 marks a milestone for WJ, as not only is it 37 years since our companies’ formation, but it also marked a rare gathering of our Board of Directors and Senior Managers from across our global operations, representing 23 nationalities from 8 international business regions, for our first International Week in leafy Hertfordshire during early September to mark the formation of WJ Group and the birth of WJ as a truly global brand for all your Water Management requirements!read more
On the 17th and 18th of September 2018, the British Geotechnical Association and Engineering Group of the Geological Society hosted the first major conference on Chalk in almost 30 years, right on WJ’s doorstep, at Imperial College in Central London.read more
Back in May WJ UK had the honour of being included in articles in the British National Press because of our work on the Thames Tideway project. This time we’ve gone one step better and can now claim to be ‘as featured on TV’!read more
WJ have been an established part of the dewatering game in the Middle East for over 15 years now since providing the dewatering for the Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 development back in 2003, with offices in Dubai since 2005 and our Qatar office due to celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2019. January this year marked our expansion in to nearby Kuwait when we were appointed by the Main Contractor HDEC (Hyundai Engineering and Construction) working under the Client KIPIC (Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company) for the Al Zour Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal Project.
The new terminal is located in the Al-Zour region of Kuwait near to the border with Saudi Arabia, approximately 90km south of the capital Kuwait City, and will include eight LNG storage tanks, each with a capacity of 225,000m3, and associated marine facilities.
Although the sandy ground conditions were prime dewatering territory, the project had the potential to be particularly challenging. Not only would WJ be working in a new country which always brings with it a steep learning curve, but the structures to be dewatered were far from insubstantial – the intake and outfall structures which our systems were going to target were approximately 500m by 200m in size, and up to 15m deep, and the works would be taking place on land reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf. Fortunately there are few things WJ love more than a challenge!
In order to complete the works in a swift and prompt fashion WJ utilised one of our trusted partners, Trevi, to work alongside our own SM14 drilling rig. In total 62 dewatering wells and 10 groundwater monitoring standpipes were installed for the intake structure, and another 21 for the outfall structure. The initial plans were to install both perimeter and internal dewatering systems to draw the groundwater level down to enable a dry excavation, however the perimeter system proved to be so successful that there was no need for the internal system to be installed.
Although the works began at the start of 2018 when the temperatures in Kuwait are relatively comfortable, as the project has progressed the day time working temperatures approached the 40⁰C’s and as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan arrived it became necessary for some of the installation works to be undertaken during the night, with only monitoring to be undertaken during daylight hours. This however had no impact upon the expert level of service WJ are known for.
Hopefully this is the start of long and successful times for WJ in Kuwait and helps to strengthen our position as one of the go-to contractors for any technically challenging dewatering project across the Middle East.read more
It’s not often WJ are featured in the national press, however we very recently had the honour of appearing in articles on both the Daily Mail and London Evening Standard websites about the Thames Tideway project currently underway through central London.
Much of the current sewer network underneath London date back to the mid-19th century when they were constructed under the guidance of the visionary engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette. Over this time the population of London has more than doubled, and therefore these Victorian Sewers lack the required capacity. To tackle this problem a new 25km ‘super sewer’ running along the tidal section of the River Thames, through Central London, is being constructed, with new Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) and shafts being constructed at a number of iconic sites including Blackfriars, along Chelsea Embankment, along Albert Embankment, along Victoria Embankment and adjacent to Battersea Power Station at Kirtling Street.
The Kirtling Street site, is one of a number where dewatering is required, and there are few companies more accustomed to the dewatering requirements in Central London than WJ! The challenges of dewatering in the Battersea area are particularly well known to WJ having undertaken works for the nearby Battersea Power Station redevelopment, the New American Embassy in Nine Elms, and the Northern Line extension, as well as numerous smaller projects.
At the Kirtling Street site a 32m diameter shaft, over 60m deep, is being constructed as part of the Tideway works. As the shaft is being constructed with a diaphragm wall the groundwater in the upper aquifers of the River Terrace Deposits will be cut-off, however it was necessary for WJ to install passive relief wells in to the Lower Aquifers of the Chalk to relieve groundwater pressures and to ensure that as the shaft was sunk, the stability of its base was maintained.
The purpose of the shaft was to allow the construction of Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) launch adits. To allow these adits to be constructed dewatering was required, predominantly installed from ground level, where 16 new wells were installed to dewatering the Chalk and Lambeth Group (in addition to existing wells). However access wasn’t always available from ground level, so WJ were required to use their experience of in-tunnel drilling from Crossrail to install over 60 inclined tunnel and shaft wells to again dewater the Lambeth Group.
The Thames Tideway project is expected to play a major part of WJs near future with dewatering required at a number of sites throughout London prior to the expected completion date of 2023.
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WJ are once again showing our technical prowess with another challenging project in Anchorsholme; dewatering a cofferdam in the Irish Sea!
WJ have been working in and around Blackpool for several years now, having completed the Anchorsholme Park Storage Phase 1 and Phase 2 works for Ward and Burke and the Lennox Gate project for Ward and Burke and JN Bentley, both during 2016 and 2017.
Our latest project, working with the CH2M HILL – VolkerStevin joint venture, C2V+, was to aid the construction of a new 6m by 20m cofferdam in the Irish Sea, directly off the coast from the Anchorsholme Park Storage site. The particularly challenging aspect of this project was the offshore location of the cofferdam, fortunately WJ have undertaken several similar projects to this in recent years in Ipswich and Dover.
The dewatering system comprised eight 9.5m deep deepwells installed around the internal perimeter of the cofferdam, installed using a rotary drilling rig, in to interbedded sand and clay deposits during February 2018.
The first technical challenge on this project was the installation of the wells themselves. It was only possible to install during the two 6-hr low tide windows each day, as during high tides the cofferdam would be flooded. During each of these windows it was necessary to pump out the cofferdam, crane the drilling rig in to position, drill, seal off the works so they wouldn’t flood when the tide came back in, and remove the rig from the cofferdam. Fortunately due to the meticulous planning of the works by the WJ Project Engineer, Michael Cummiskey, the wells were all successfully installed during the planned installation period.
The second technical challenge was also a result of the offshore location. As the cofferdam would be flooded during high tides it was necessary for the WJ control cabin and generators to be located onshore on an existing revetment, above the maximum tide level, with cables running between the cofferdam and the cabins along the beach and existing sea defences.
Despite the best efforts of the Irish Sea the target drawdown was successfully achieved and the pumping is due to continue until the end of April.read more