“Making life taste better” for Derbyshire Police

By any measure Derbyshire Constabulary is a hugely successful police force – achieving a ninth consecutive year of crime reduction during 2011/12 and with more than 41,000 fewer victims of crime than in the period 2002/3.

The force takes justifiable pride in the fact that Derbyshire is not only the safest county in the East Midlands but also one of the safest in the country. At the centre of this activity stands Derbyshire Police Headquarters at Butterley Hall in Ripley - so when the collapse of a Foul Pumping Main threatened disruption recently, out went the emergency call to GBH Utilities...

Additional pipework
GBH Managing Director Trevor Davies says the work required was to supply and lay 400 metres of 125mm PE16 Bar Pumping Main from the existing Pump Chamber to a point on site before connecting back onto the existing main. “Due to further problems we discovered, we were instructed to lay additional pipe all the way to the outfall manhole - giving us a total distance of some 650 metres...”

Minimal disruption
To paraphrase one of shopping giant Sainsbury’s past taglines, “Making life taste better” wasn’t exactly what GBH had in mind when finding that the outfall manhole was situated in a busy road adjacent to an equally busy Sainsbury’s supermarket:- “In our line of work we have learned to expect the unexpected,” says Trevor, “so it wasn’t a big issue - we factored in several night shifts to work around Sainsbury’s operations and keep disruption both to them and their customers to an absolute minimum.”

And the result? “The job was completed on time, on budget and to everyone’s satisfaction - and with no remedial problems” Trevor reports.


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