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24 April 2008

Mott MacDonald celebrates Wing Water project launch with Sir David Attenborough

Mott MacDonald representatives joined Anglian Water and renowned broadcaster and environmental champion Sir David Attenborough on Friday 18 April to celebrate the launch of the £115 million Rutland Water project.

Mott MacDonald is one of several companies involved in a major programme of engineering and environmental works at Rutland Water, which when completed in 2010 will allow client Anglian Water to abstract up to 90 million extra litres of water a day from the reservoir to meet growing demand in the region.

Sir David Attenborough, who grew up in Leicester and is Patron of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, attended the event to endorse the project’s commitment to the local environment. Speaking at the launch, Sir David praised the scheme for being a great example of the community working together to produce something that will be of lasting benefit to the natural world. Sir David also unveiled a plaque at the Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre to mark the beginning of the project.

The scheme will provide an additional 41 km of new pipeline, extension of the water treatment works at Wing, and 84 ha of lagoons and wetland areas to safeguard the large numbers and diversity of wildfowl that depend on the reservoir. The new wetland areas will be maintained by an independent water supply, ensuring that wildlife is not disturbed if water levels in the main reservoir fluctuate.

Mott MacDonald is supporting Anglian Water in programme management and also in the feasibility study, design, and environmental management of the project.

Mott MacDonald’s project manager, Quentin Rea, commented: “This is a crucial scheme both in terms of securing the future water supply for the East Midlands and protecting the reservoir’s rare wildlife habitats. We have been able to support Anglian Water with a remarkable range and depth of expertise and are enormously proud of our role in this major project.”


Notes to editors

1, Mott MacDonald will be working with contractors GTM, J N Bentley and Carillion on the project.

2, For more information on Rutland Water and the Wing Water Treatment Works (WTW) extension project please visit www.anglianwater.co.uk.

3, More photographs of the launch event are available on request.

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