Leading Role in Scottish Water

Glenfield Valves is playing a leading role in supplying products for an order secured by AVK UK in connection with one of Scotland's biggest-ever infrastructure improvement schemes.

Valves from Glenfield in Kilmarnock are amongst those selected for Scottish Water's new strategic programme of capital investment to build a new water treatment works at Glencorse in Midlothian, which will replace aging mains and storage tanks providing water to Edinburgh and surrounding areas.

There have been two orders to date. The first, for the distribution system, was received and completed in late 2008 / early 2009, and the second, which is for the works itself, was won in mid-summer and is worth in excess of £1m.























 Glenfield Gate valves ready for installation



The first order, from contractor Carillion, was for large diameter valves for the diversion of existing mains to the Talla and Meggett reservoirs in the hills above the A702 trunk road. Included were ten 900mm gate valves and a further two of 1100mm size. For the treatment works, Black & Veatch needed a wider range of types and sizes - air valves (200mm), butterfly valves (300mm-1200mm), gate valves (80mm-1600mm) and non-return valves (200mm-700mm) which AVK UK in partnership with Glenfield Valves were able to satisfy. In addition, Black & Veatch will deliver a programme of new mains which will take 18 months to complete, as 15km of new pipe goes into the ground.

As well as the demonstrable quality and proven reliability of its products, there were other special considerations that helped win the orders, especially the need for rapid and reliable delivery when valves were required urgently.

For this reason, Glenfield's closeness to the project (just 50 miles away, with good road and motorway links) told heavily in its favour, as Alan McNiven, key account manager for AVK UK, explained. "Both customers have the reassurance of knowing that the Glenfield valves are coming directly from our factory here in the UK," he said. “In effect we can act as a local stock facility, so there is much less need to handle and store valves on site. In addition, our technical advice is always just a phone call away – and if our presence on site is necessary, we can be there in just an hour or so.”

When completed, Scottish Water’s Glencorse WTW will replace two outmoded treatment works at Fairmilehead and Alnwickhill, providing up to 175 million litres of water a day to 21st century treatment standards in accordance with strict European guidelines on drinking water quality.

The project is the most significant part of the Edinburgh Drinking Water Project, a £130m investment programme for Edinburgh that will cater for the drinking water needs of nearly half a million people and accommodate the impacts of the continued growth of the city.




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