Alcumus SafeContractor | Health & Safety Award 2019 / 2020

Posted in: Archived- Nov 28, 2017

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Advanced Aeration has been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.

Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management amongst contractors.  It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs and FTSE 100 companies.

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Gemma Archibald, Director of Alcumus SafeContractor said: “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.”
“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Advanced Aeration has done.  The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.  SafeContractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”
Advanced Aeration is principally involved in the waste water treatment sector, specialising in the design and installation of their patented Bio-Bubble Technologies waste water and sludge treatment plant, a system that combines waste water and sludge treatment within a single reactor.
Advanced Aeration and their employees offer state-of-the-art waste water solutions; the system is environmentally friendly by helping reduce energy and carbon emissions.
The Company’s application for SafeContractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.  SafeContractor accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to win new contracts.



Skiddaw View | Holiday Park

Posted in: Archived- Sep 26, 2017

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The popular North Lakes holiday park with outstanding views across to Skiddaw has attracted many families to holiday there over the years; the location for BBC’s new comedy Home from Home as well as being featured in ITV’s travel guide; Skiddaw View Holiday Park has been owned and run by the Carr family since 1990 and has seen a focussed effort on being an environmentally friendly environment.

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One of the more significant investments undertaken is the installation of a new Bio-Bubble waste water treatment plant; the Bio-Bubble will improve the quality of the water leaving the park environs to the Bulmer Beck and SSSI, before leaving the site drainage system the final effluent feeds a new attenuating pond that couples up as a water feature designed to encourage further wildlife to take up residence.  The Bio-Bubble has been designed and sized to permit a sensitive increase in park numbers over the coming years to help supply the demand for top quality accommodation and facilities in the Lake District.
As part of the new Environmental Permit which allows 35 m3/day with a quality of 12 mg/l BOD, 30 mg/l Suspended Solids and 4 mg/l Ammoniacal Nitrogen to be discharged; a comprehensive Environmental management plan has been put in place to mitigate risks to the absolute maximum numerical levels set above. To assist with the day to day monitoring of the treatment plant and the two transfer pump stations, we have a broadband link which permits remote access to the plant, email reports plant status and all alarms are monitored and stored for record, additionally the process parameters are trended on the Plant’s control room HMI, this gives engineers a quick visual aid reference for Dissolved Oxygen, pH & temperature and Mixed liquor suspended solids, furthermore one can toggle the history for comparison.  Using management information from these tools we can view build up in sludge levels, settlement speeds and the clarity of effluent at the time of discharging.
Bio-Bubble plants are ideally suited to the feast and famine nature with operation of Holiday Park facilities, the use of the Dissolved Oxygen probe to control the speed of the aeration blower along with Sleep Mode for the quieter times of year mean that only the energy required is used, unlike some systems that run 24/7 regardless.
This is the 2nd large holiday park within the Lake District National Park whose waste water is fully processed by the renowned Bio-Bubble Advanced Aeration process.



RSPCA | Seal Pools

Posted in: Archived- Jul 07, 2017

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The RSPCA have a history of caring for injured seals and orphaned seal pups and demands have increased for a number of years; to aid the seals recovery process both RSPCA centre’s at West Hatch near Taunton and Mallydams Wood near Hastings have reasonably large seal pools to bring on the recovery process, for the latter stages they provide relatively deep water to exercise the seals in advance of release back to the wild. It is important that the water is changed, cleaned and replaced at regular intervals, meaning that in excess of 50 m3 of additional dirty water on top of the other waste water generated from recovery pens, ponds and daily centre activity is treated. The centres rely on generous donations from animal lovers to be able to carry out their good work.

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Both sites have operated Bio-Bubbles with success for a number of years with final effluent stored in a large lake at RSPCA West Hatch and a large reuse water tank at RSPCA Mallydams. The Seal pools have meant that more water was needed to be biologically processed through the Bio-Bubble, the consequence of which meant the process required far more in depth monitoring with the addition of Dissolved Oxygen and pH probes, furthermore an ultra violet disinfection system needed to be installed to replace the redundant ozone system previously used to disinfect the recycled water being returned for reuse. By recycling much of the water each centre can make significant savings on their respective potable water supply bills, meaning the monies can be directed to better use.
We remotely connect to site each day to view the control panel screen, compare trends that are logged historically and charted for quick comparison and by so doing we are able to make process adjustments right when they are needed.


Eastleigh | Football Club

Posted in: Archived- Jun 05, 2017

Eastleigh FC image 2As part of the extensive development plans by Eastleigh Football Clubs owners Bridle Insurance, a new building to house corporate hospitality facilities for up to 300 guests has been built. The new building also houses a new club shop, offices, a  police control room, ticket office, boardroom, reception and club toilet facilities.

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Silverlake stadium is located too far away from foul mains drainage so was required to biologically process all of its own waste. Advanced Aeration was commissioned to negotiate an Environmental Permit to allow a discharge of treated sewage waste into a tributary of Monk’s Brook, a feeder stream to the River Itchen.
The Bio-Bubble SBR’s bespoke design was ideally suited to provide a consistent final effluent quality balancing the twin peak flows from busy match day usage over the whole 7 day week, not only a high quality effluent with this approach but also a proportionally smaller treatment plant as it could be designed to average flows not the heights achieved on match days.
With the system connected to us via a broadband link we are best placed to provide technical expert support to Eastleigh FC staff to ensure everything is ready for the big days.
The club was without an official nickname until 2005 when a competition was run amongst the fans and “Spitfires” was chosen.
The club and supporters are proud of their nickname “The Spitfires” the infamous aeroplane designed and built locally, the club can be sure of the excellent support from local company Bio-Bubble using the latest technology of the day.



Dyrham Park | National Trust

Posted in: Archived- Apr 01, 2017

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Transformed from a Tudor country house into a Baroque mansion, Dyrham Park has attracted an ever increasing annual visitor number. Such is the popularity of the house and grounds, year on year visitor numbers have escalated surpassing the Bio-Bubbles 1994 design specification.

No spare land was available at the treatment works and to relocate and rebuild a whole new works would have been extremely costly. Our process engineers needed to find a solution to process more waste through the existing concrete tank assets whilst still making sure compliance to numerical consented standards was maintained for final effluent discharged to a tributary of the River Boyd catchment.

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The solution was to use the improved reliable technology available to better manage the process with its huge feast and famine types of loading. The aeration capacity was increased by fitting new aeration grid matrix’s and more than doubling the amount of air available when required; this with dissolved oxygen probes in each Reactor meant that the appropriate level of treatment could be provided to the given organic loading on the day.
The installation of ‘Hach Lange’ mixed liquor Suspended Solids meters meant that our process engineers could monitor the increased sludge production and therefore maximise the process possible within the existing tank structures.
Due to the Bio-Bubble compounds position within the park; an extremely sensitive area; great care with the aesthetics and noise production was paramount to satisfy planners and not to become a bad neighbour. A big part of the solution is regular remote monitoring via a new broadband link to the system thus enabling process engineers to become part of the management of the system.
Dyrham Park is among the oldest deer parks in the country and still supports an ancient herd of circa 200 Fallow deer. The herd numbers need to be managed as part of the land management of the 270 acres, selective culling provides venison for the on-site shop. Dyrham Park recently underwent major roof replacement works along with many other improvements to further benefit the visitor experience.



London Golf | Club

Posted in: Archived- Mar 07, 2017

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Many wastewater treatment systems, including most available package treatment plants installed at Golf Clubs have a reputation of failing the stipulated consent and are a source of offensive or noticeable odours. Conversely, the Bio-Bubble Advanced-Aeration process has an enviable reputation of consistently achieving the highest consent limitations imposed by National and European legislation, using less energy and without any noticeable or offensive odours.

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London Golf Club; renowned for hosting European Golf Tour Events, an exceptional venue was no different and along with other improvements to their course irrigation storage lakes invested in their new Bio-Bubble wastewater and sludge treatment system as well as contracting us to provide remote process monitoring support via a Broadband link. Local civil contractor Gallaher’s undertook the civil works with minimal disruption to the Golf Club’s day to day operation with a degree of professionalism to be admired.
Very high variations of effluent pollution strengths are commonly discharged from Golf Clubs throughout the day, making it difficult for continuous flow package plants such as RBC disc systems to achieve a consistent quality of treatment. The setting and clubhouse facilities at London Golf Club make it a very desirable venue to have ones wedding event which in itself can add a significant loading to the treatment works.
Typical package treatment systems generally operate under unsteady-state conditions with low or no margin for peak strength flows. In contrast, Advanced-Aeration incorporates steady-state batch treatment allowing blend-mixing and dilution of detergents and organic matter, which vastly improves the quality of the final
effluent and ensures a high quality discharge is continually achieved which in turn protects and supplements the clubs irrigation resource.
Advanced Aeration is defined as “a process that provides treatment to both effluent and sludge within a single reactor, which has the consequential benefit of producing a stable high quality effluent discharge whilst significantly reducing and stabilizing sludge waste production, with the consequential benefits of reducing both carbon emissions and overall energy usage”. This is achieved by applying:
• SBR technology
• Long process sludge age
• Low food to biomass (F/M) ratio
• Proportionate aeration to the requirements of the aerobic react phase



The Hill Brush Company | Factory

Posted in: Archived- Jan 20, 2017

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Hill Brush was established in 1922 and has since grown to become the UK’s leading supplier of quality cleaning equipment. With a portfolio of over 3000 products and a distribution network of over 95 countries, Hill Brush products are world renowned. The company has been based on Woodlands Road in Mere, Wiltshire since 1936 and as the business has grown and personnel have increased, they were close to capacity. As part of their future growth plans, Hill Brush designed a purpose built, 9,000m² factory development, this included a Visitor Centre with Shop, Café/Restaurant and Museum all to entice the local and wider community with quality products and to give an insight into their heritage.

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M J Abbotts Ltd are specialist contractors who were given the task of obtaining a license from the Environment Agency, unfortunately the site porosity was virtually zero and there were no streams or lakes nearby to discharge in to. Alternatives could have been extremely costly but with the Bio-Bubble system surpassing European standards and promising to achieve a BOD of 10, Suspended Solids of 15 and Ammonia of 2 the license was granted to discharge to a highway drain (permission approved by local water company). By installing top quality state of the art monitoring equipment and linking the Bio-Bubble to Advanced Aeration HQ , our technicians are able to monitor the plant any time of the day or night. This information not only helps re-assure the EA but also helps reduce the need for engineers to visit site in person, helping cut down on call out costs. A win win situation without a doubt.



Northern College | Wentworth Castle

Posted in: Archived- Aug 11, 2016

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Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park opened to the public back in 2007 having had extensive renovation works of which one small part was the installation of a Bio-Bubble Wastewater Treatment Plant. The works; part of a long term management of the Wentworth Estate run by The Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park Trust, a charitable organisation set up to preserve the buildings and historic parklands for future generations.

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Many more of our clients are taking advantage of the additional service level we provide when we have our system connected via broadband link, the remote monitoring of trended graphs of the levels of pH, dissolved oxygen and mixed liquors suspended solids levels means that on a daily basis we can be sure that the legal commitments required under the Environmental Permit issued to The Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park Heritage Trust are being met. Should an alarm be generated by the plant we can react without delay to ensure speedy resolution prior to the consequence of inaction becoming costly. The managers of Northern College in conjunction with the Heritage Trust are able to reduce their own on site attendances by staff, freeing them up to concentrate on the business in hand; adult education and providing a visitor attraction to the general public so they may view the only grade 1 listed South Yorkshire landscape. The gardens are influenced by Capability Brown and include numerous historic follies which are a product of a 17th century family feud and rivalry over inheritance which turned the two family factions into a one up-man-ship contest. The result was the creation of two magnificent houses with gardens to match in Yorkshire. As time moved on to the mid 20th century; the Wentworth Estate was split with the mansion house becoming a teacher training college, more laterally, Northern College is an adult residential training college which use Wentworth Castle as its base and education forms a large part of the Heritage Trusts overall plan.
The Trusts work to restore and maintain the gardens and follies is an on-going commitment to ensure these magnificent buildings remain in good order for generations to see in the future, we are pleased to be involved, even in such a small way but as they say every little helps and with the management information back from the plant we can fine tune the operation of the plant so that it only uses the energy that is required to match the given daily load which is always a large variable throughout the year.



Lake District Holiday Site | Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat

Posted in: Archived- Mar 14, 2016


The tranquil location just north of Bassenthwaite Lake near Bewaldeth a former caravan park is undergoing redevelopment by Darwin Investments, an 11.5 million pound investment will bring the 30 acre site right up to date with 150 brand new Lodges, site leisure facilities fit for the demands of private and commercial investors.

Specialist consultants John Bratherton Park Designs were engaged to develop the scheme with the Lake District National Parks Authority on behalf of Darwin Investments producing a scheme that delivered to all parties; Advanced Aeration Ltd were tasked with regularising an historic consent to discharge to a new Bespoke Environmental Permit alongside designing a Bio-Bubble wastewater treatment plant that could deliver a high quality final effluent fit for a discharge directly into Scargill Beck a tributary of Blumer Beck which ultimately flows into the River Derwent.

Bio-Bubble’s Advanced Aeration process is renowned for feast or famine capability and as a process that is often the ‘plant of choice’ when it comes to a quality build providing a quality discharge standard.

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The Bio-Bubble Advanced Aeration sequenced Batch Reactor is ideal for maintaining a high quality effluent with low odour and sludge production; the peaks and troughs typical of this type of waste catchment represent no problem for the Bio-Bubble process which will be located in a central location within the Park close by to neighbouring Lodges.  The plant design for an organic loading of circa 950 PE included mechanical screening of the waste followed by secondary biological treatment with final screening upon discharge, wash water for the inlet screen is captured from the final effluent discharged.  Whilst a high quality of final effluent is a requirement when discharging into and around SSSI areas when the wastewater treatment is right in the centre of your business; a holiday Park, nuisance from noise or odour cannot occur.  A Park such as North Lakes borders on the size of a small town with similar waste treatment needs; the Bio-Bubble as a bespoke design for the job required enough sound mitigation measures so as not to disturb the tranquillity of the early summer evenings.
Connection via a broadband link allows our process engineers to have a remote onsite view to the treatment process providing expert support to the site staff; the collection of data via this route further enforces the validity of the robust site Environmental Management system put in place to ensure compliance well within the conditions of the Environmental Permit granted by the Environment Agency for the Park.



Private Fishing Lodge | Alresford

Posted in: Archived- Feb 03, 2016

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An exclusive new private residence nestled above a large private lake with its own remote Fishing Lodge needed a Bio-Bubble in order to provide waste water suitable for discharging back into the chalk downland stream which ultimately feeds into the River Arle. A larger Bio-Bubble for the main residence along with a smaller plant for the fishing lodge was due to the distance between the two buildings and was recommended to the client by specialist Civil Engineering Contractor M J Abbott who was tasked with providing the site wide utilities and landscaping. Janteine T Klein Roseboom of Imagination Design Ltd provided the inspiration for the overall design and Price and Myers provided structural engineering design.

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