Balloch Park is a new development of 36 luxury lodges on the banks of the River Tay in the heart of Scotland’s beautiful Perthshire countryside. Owner Robert Menzies knows the importance of reliable sewage treatment systems where paying guests with high expectations are concerned – the family also own the nearby Mains of Taymouth Country Estate and Golf Course, a winner of numerous enviable reviews in the press over recent years – so he headed straight for Hutchinson’s Commercial Director, Doddie Weir, at the Royal Highland Show.
With Scottish Water’s Kenmore wastewater treatment plant being over 2.5km away the obvious choice was to install an on-site package sewage treatment plant. However, life costs and environmental impacts were assessed, as was the amenity value to paying guests of not having a sewage treatment plant on site and the business value of not having to manage its performance under SEPA’s rightfully watchful eye, and the decision was taken to pump to the Kenmore plant.
A Xylem Flygt twin pump crude sewage pump station was installed, preceded by a 15,000 litre offline storage and balance tank. The site works were straightforward, the biggest challenge being laying over 2.5kms of butt-jointed, on-site-fusion-welded pressurised “rising main” pipe to Scottish Water’s plant - across a golf course!
Tidy, conscientious work was essential to avoid damage both to the course and to other services, as was correct reinstatement in order to minimise settlement over time.
Where possible we always fusion-weld 100m coils of rising main pipe, and we did so here. We prefer it for speed and reliability; our customers prefer it for its consequent lower cost over mechanically jointing 6m lengths of pipe.
Xylem Flygt’s N-adaptive pumps will deal with anything likely to be thrown at them: the impellers will rise and fall with solids, rather than jam. The system was topped off by remote telemetric monitoring that warns the estate managers of any out-of-parameter performance, so that action can be taken before an eventual failure.
Our skills and accreditations meant that Scottish Water were happy for us to carry out the works within their compound to join their treatment plant, streamlining the entire turnkey project still further.
“What do you do when you have a new development of 36 luxury lodges and the only option to dispose of wastewater is the local sewage works 2.65km away? In our case gladly we contacted Hutchinson Environmental Solutions. From the onset they took complete ownership of the task and soon produced a practical and economical proposal. Their experience and expertise ensured negotiations with the local authorities and water authorities were not protracted and soon the works commenced. To use Hutchinson Environmental Solutions for the design and installation has proved very worthwhile and their team have produced a first class product, on budget and on time with no issues,” said Robin Menzies, owner, Balloch Park and Mains of Taymouth Country Estate, Kenmore, Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland.