NI Water PC15 JV889 Killeavy Castle Supply Upgrade

In summer 2018 Nuline Utilities working in the Nuline Coras Joint Venture were appointed by the NI Water WMMWF Team  as the Design & Build Contractor on the Killeavy Castle Water Supply Upgrade Project in County Armagh. The project was a fast track mains supply upgrade of 4000m of network to facilitate early opening of the new Killeavy Castle Hotel and Wellness Centre (,  set in a 330 acre estate on the slopes of Slieve Gullion.

The works required rapid deployment of a Design & Enabling team to evaluate characteristics and condition of the existing supply network on Ballintemple, Dernaroy and Aghadavoyle Roads, fast track a detailed design, supply interruption management schedule, construction programme and approvals package. Working closely with the Newry NI Water team, with our designers Byrne Looby Partners, under the control of the Nu Line Enabling Manager, the package and proposals were ratified with construction commencing in early August on a 12 week programme with completion, commissioning and handover by the end of October. The existing mains were predominantly 3 inch Class C uPVC with the new mains directed as 180mm SDR 17 HPPE facilitating a two fold increase in supply capability to the new pumping station in the Killeavy Castle Estate. Nuline deployed combined trenchless and open cut teams working at high productivity to deliver the new mains, domestic and mains connections along the 4kms of approach roads. In conjunction with the improved supply to the new hotel the works facilitated improvement in water quality and supply pressure locally in the Meigh and Killeavy region. Works were completed one week ahead of programme ensuring early opening of the hotel and drawing compliments from Newry, Mourne & Down Council.