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02Aug91 UK: WATER JOBS WORTH £52M TAKE SHAPE FOR 1995.

Water-related projects, together worth at least £52 million, are coming on stream at opposite ends of the country.In the north-east, at least £42 million will modify outfalls and in the south-west around £10 million will be spent on building the Avon Weir at Bristol.Consulting engineer Watson Hawksley is carrying out a feasibility study into modifying storm outfalls at Whitley Bay for Northumbrian Water. Work, due to start by the end of next year for completion in 1995, will cost an estimated £30 million.The firm is also looking into options to deal with pollution of bathing waters around Whitburn, Seaburn and Roker, Tyne and Wear.InnovativeThey include a long sea outfall or a rationalisation of the system. The cost of work is estimated at £12 million.The Avon Weir Bill is progressing through Parliament unopposed, now that the last of the petitioners have withdrawn their objections.This means that the £10 million project will get Royal Assent next spring, with construction starting during 1993 for completion towards the close of 1994 or start of 1995.The project, masterminded by the Bristol Development Corporation, features an innovative design by consultant engineer Sir Alexander Gibb. It uses a gated weir instead of the original barrage.The corporation claims that the weir will transform prime riverside sites in Bristol and, when linked with the proposed Bristol spine road, will create the potential for £100 million of private sector investment.