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Miller pumps ahead

MILLER has taken an 11.3 million contract for the new North Woolwich pumping station in London.

Work on the project, downstream of the Thames barrier, is due to begin this month with completion due by January 1997.

The scheme is a joint-venture between the London Docklands Development Corporation and Thames Water. It will pump both untreated sewage and surface water and completes the final phase of the Royal Docks drainage infrastructure.

The pumping station, designed by architect Nicholas Grimshaw, is seen as a landmark building, complementing two stations nearby the Richard Rogers-designed Tidal Basin plant at the western end of the Royal Docks, and the Isle of Dogs pumping station designed by John Outram.

The 870 ha Royal Docks site is the location for a proposed new urban village and an exhibition centre.

A consortium calling itself the London International Exhibition Centre is attempting to raise funds for the project, which is being taken forward under the governments private finance initiative on a design, build and operate basis.

The groups members include contractors Trafalgar House, Sir Robert McAlpine and Try.