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A nitrate treatment plant constructed by Black and Veatch has won the South Staffordshire Council Conservation and Design Award 2008 in the New Build category.

The nitrate treatment plant at Bratch Pumping Station, in Wombourne in the West Midlands, received the award from South Staffordshire councillor David Billson.

The project was ‘a clever and thoughtful approach to solving a number of technical constraints and issues’, according to award judges.

Black and Veatch was principal contractor on the scheme for Severn Trent Water, with Grontmij providing design services.

Bratch pumping station provides safe drinking water to an estimated 135,000 customers by ensuring nitrate levels comply with European Union water quality standards.

The proximity of a Victorian water pumping station to the construction site made the challenge of building the treatment plant more difficult.

The Black and Veatch team liaised with Friends of the Bratch, local steam enthusiasts who share the site, to ensure that steam events associated with the pumping station were uninterrupted by the construction work.

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