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Dewatering and groundwater control | Stuart Well Services Ltd

Case Study

Islington Pumping Station (Ejector Wells)

Client: Balfour Beatty
Location: Islington, Kings Lynn
Duration: September 2019 – August 2020

Project Overview

Islington Pumping Station is a new flood defence system installed on the banks of the River Great Ouse near Kings Lynn.

The Pumping Station was constructed with open-cut batter excavation along western side. With sheet piles toed into the underlying Kimmeridge Clay installed around the remaining sides. Excavation area was Nominal 31m x 22m with excavation level upto 11m BGL.

Scope of Works

The dewatering objective was to reduce the groundwater level temporarily below the formation level of the new pumping station. Ground conditions consisted sandy silt and fine sand deposits with a permeability range of 7.5x10-7m/s to 2.1x10-6 m/s.

Ejector wells (22 no.) installed at approximately 5 m centres and up to a depth of 15 m. Each deep ejector well would comprise of a 250mm Ø bore/125mm ID well liner located along the external excavation perimeter.

Individual twin-pipe ejectors were connected to a supply and return main positioned around the perimeter of the excavation.

In turn this is connected to a pumping station consisting of a duty and standby 415V high head pumps (22 kW star/delta soft start) with pumping/inspection tank. Abstracted water was discharged using 100mm Ø polybauer discharge line to outfall.

Accreditations and Associations

ISO-9001 ISO-14001
ISO-22301 ISO-45001
The Temporary Works Forum (TWf)