Whilst WJ are well known and respected as one of the leading dewatering contractors in the UK, we have many other services within our oeuvre. We recently demonstrated one of these whilst undertaking in-tunnel probe drilling as part of the Thames Tideway works at the Dormay Street Shaft in Wandsworth, South London.read more
2018 was a momentous year in the long history of WJ, with the launch of WJ Group, and major global projects such as Thames Tideway in London and Eglinton Crosstown LRT in Toronto hitting full throttle, therefore as the year drew to a close it was the perfect opportunity for all of our staff to let their hair down and relax.read more
On the 17th and 18th of September 2018, the British Geotechnical Association and Engineering Group of the Geological Society hosted the first major conference on Chalk in almost 30 years, right on WJ’s doorstep, at Imperial College in Central London.read more
Back in May WJ UK had the honour of being included in articles in the British National Press because of our work on the Thames Tideway project. This time we’ve gone one step better and can now claim to be ‘as featured on TV’!
Throughout July the BBC have been running a weekly 3-part documentary series entitled ‘The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer’, covering the planning and construction of the new Thames Tideway Super Sewer that is being constructed beneath Central London. WJ have been engaged to undertake pumping tests and dewatering on a number of sites across the West, Central and Eastsections of the project. Many of these sites have been featured on the documentary series, including Beckton Sewage Treatment Works, Abbey Mills and Chambers Wharf.
The third and final episode in the series included the construction of the Kirtling Street Shaft in Batterseawhich, because of our experience and expertise in dewatering on large scale infrastructure projects and in this area of London, WJhave been involved with for a number of years.
Due to the importance of dewatering at this site in order to construct the shaft and TBM portals, part of the episode was dedicated to not only dewatering, but we were honoured to have a number of our staff feature prominently in that section of the episode – A rare honour indeed!
And if you haven’t already seen the episode (or want to watch it again!), then the episode is still available to watch on the BBC iPlayer facility here.read more
WJ Groundwater have been celebrating once again following receipt of our ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems certification, to add to our existing ISO 14001 and 18001 certificates.
The ISO 9001:2015 certification, awarded to WJ by Bureau Veritas, demonstrates the quality management systems and processes that have been put in place in our Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar offices, and is a welcome reward for the hard work of all of our employees.
To celebrate this achievement, a BBQ was held in Dubai and attended by many of the WJ workforce and their families, including Managing Director Richard Fielden, who had flown over from WJ’s UK head office to join in the celebration. It was a highly enjoyable event, with music, drinks, and food, the highlight of which was definitely the Filipino-Style BBQ Chicken Abodo!
This certification keeps WJ’s Middle Eastern branches in line with the consistently high standards set by the Head Office in the UK.
Hopefully this is the first in many achievements for WJ in 2018!read more
Last week WJ took receipt of a new Soilmec SM14 drilling rig. A welcome addition to WJ’s already extensive fleet of drilling rigs both in the UK and across the world!
Soilmec are internationally renowned and respected suppliers of drilling rigs, who WJ have had a long partnership, and the SM14 is the latest addition to our fleet, a fleet which already contains several trusted and reliable Soilmec drilling rigs!
The SM14 is a compact and versatile tracked rotary drilling rig that allows WJ to continue to provide excellent efficiency and high quality service to all of our customers, allowing us to work in a wide variety of environments from tunnels, shafts and basements to wide open spaces. The rig is fitted with a variety of safety features, including a rig guard cage and radio remote control, to ensure the high levels of health and safety that WJ strive for on all projects can be maintained.
The rig is perfectly designed to work on a wide range of WJ projects, including wellpoint, deepwell and ejector well dewatering system installations, and will be out on site soon where it will be put through the paces by our team of experienced drillers.
For more details on the services WJ offer please visit our Services Page, or contact our head office on 020 8950 7256.read more
On Wednesday 6th December, WJ Groundwater’s Chairman, Dr Toby Roberts, was invited to present the keynote speech at the award ceremony for the illustrious Fleming Award, at the Institute of Civil Engineers in central London.
The Fleming Award, won by WJ in 2006 for their works on the Govan Tunnel project in Glasgow, is an annual award presented by the British Geotechnical Association to recognise excellence in the practical application of geotechnics as part of a larger project, with a strong emphasis on teamwork displayed by the various disciplines across the project team (For more information on the Fleming Award visit here). The 2017 award was presented to the PISA Project, comprising Oxford University, Imperial College London, DONG Energy, The Carbon Trust and SOCOTEC UK (For more information on the 2017 Award visit here). Dr Roberts was invited to present the prestigious keynote speech at the ceremony, taking place whilst the judges deliberated over who the award should be presented to. The speech, entitled ‘Groundwater control for excavations in Cork, Ireland’, covered a series of dewatering case studies from the extensive redevelopment of Cork over the past 20 years.
WJ have a long history of working and providing dewatering in Cork, having undertaken more than a dozen projects during this time period, including the recent Navigation Square and South Mall developments on the River Lee in the east of the city.
For more information of Dr Roberts’ talk please visit the British Geotechnical Association website here.read more
The Contam Expo, returning for its second year, is one of the biggest exhibitions of its kind in the UK covering sectors as broad ranging as Land Remediation, Spill Response, Clean Air Technology, Hazardous Materials, Nuclear Decom, and the Geotechnical Industry, with talks by industry leading experts and the opportunity to visit stands manned by the leading companies in each sector.
WJ Groundwater will be exhibiting on both days, and can be found on stand C3172. Designers, Engineers, Project Managers and Directors will be attending both days and will happy to explain all of the services we have on offer.
WJ Groundwater are pleased to announce that one of our recent projects in Scotland has been announced as the winner of a prestigious industry prize. WJ were awarded the contract to undertake dewatering works at the site on the outskirts of Glasgow between July 2015 and July 2016, and helped to contribute to the project which was recently awarded ‘UK Project with a Geotechnical Value up to £1.0m by Ground Engineering magazine.
Spring has been another busy period for WJ Groundwater with new contract awards in every corner of the UK, with projects starting in Dover, Port Talbot, Houston in Ayrshire, the Isle of Skye and Woodsmith Mine in North Yorkshire.