Colorado Group

Scottish Water

photo of car parkDuring 2007 and 2008 Colorado Group completed a series of complicated engineering projects for Scottish Water.

A key aspect of many Scottish Water projects is the co-ordination of the shut-down of the existing water services. This is a principal element in the success of a Scottish Water project and so an essential aspect is in agreeing the exact timing requirements of all project stakeholders; the details of which are then incorporated into the integrated programme. Through detailed planning and effective communication the Colorado Group has ensured that all Scottish Water Projects undertaken by us have been delivered on time, every time.


1 - Ayrshire Water Treatment Works

This project required that Colorado Group install a 350m section of new above-ground pipework near Dalrymple Water Treatment Works. The project required the temporary over-piping of the existing pipework during the engineering works. The works were completed successfully in three weeks with all contamination and pollution risks fully assessed and contained throughout the project duration.

2 - Pilrig Street Edinburgh

Colorado Group carried out a detailed investigation to identify a fault in the existing services under a busy main road in central Edinburgh. The project involved a partial road closure and the phased excavation to expose the existing services to a depth in excess of 4m. Our operatives had to deal with 15 different un-chartered services and utilities within a confined area of only 6m² in order to complete the repair. Our engineering expertise resolved the fault with the existing services and stopped the flooding of the neighbouring church.

3 – Almondbank Bridge

One of the most challenging projects completed for Scottish Water in 2007 was the replacement of the drainage system crossing Almondbank Bridge outside Perth. Colorado’s engineering team headed by Construction Director, David McGinigal worked with the Scottish Water engineers to re-design the proposed temporary over-piping on this project  to include embedding the system in to the existing road surface. This innovative solution cut the site programme by 25%, reduced the project cost and removed the risk of pollution to the river through pump failure or pipe leaks. The works were completed in just three weeks while working nightshift in order to minimise disruption to local transport routes.

Value: £150,000

Project Duration: 3 Weeks

The design of the brackets and fittings for the supporting structure was carried out in-house by Colorado's design engineers who also designed the support pipework .