Inaugurated in 1859 by Queen Victoria, the 42km long original Katrine Aqueduct has the capacity to deliver 50mgd of raw water by gravity flow, from Loch Katrine in the Trossachs to storage reservoirs at Mugdock on the outskirts of Glasgow and is the primary source of water serving a large part of the Greater Glasgow conurbation.
The aqueduct has a significant number of structures which include 40km of twin tunnels, substantial pipe-bridges, a large intake structure, siphon pipelines crossing valleys, cross-over chambers, together with control valve houses and this project involved extensive structural refurbishment and repairs to maintain security of supply.
Other work included scour repairs and protection to an undermined pipe-bridge abutment carrying three 42″ mains over the Endrick Water with extensive special protective measures to prevent silting of this important watercourse during the mid-river construction work, and slip-lining a 27m length of corroded 42″ main.
With over thirty historic Listed Structures on the aqueduct, the essential repair programme required extensive consultation and approvals throughout.
Additionally, a significant number of properties received a raw water supply from the aqueduct and during planned shutdowns alternative supply arrangements had to be put in place.
GL making a return visit to the Sound of Kerrera off Oban, to undertake substantial repairs to the breakwater which suffered collision damage following an altercation with a workboat earlier this year.
14th December 2018
Michael Matheson MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity covered all his portfolios at the official opening of the new Polmadie Footbridge giving pedestrian and cycle transport access,
18th September 2018
GL are ahead of the curve in their support for Scottish Water’s recently launched campaign to encourage people to use a refillable bottle to ‘top up from the tap’ with over 250 GL-branded reusable water bottles distributed across the sites over the past three weeks.
27th June 2018