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  New Sewer Legislation Update  

Question... How many of you have had a Section 104 Sewer Agreement in place before you start on a development?


Beach to Beach Cycle Ride - Bournemouth to Brighton 140 miles

  Meter Removals & Service Disconnections  

A vital element of pre construction phase site works, meter removals and subsequent service disconnections............


Cricket - Update

  New Starters for our Southern & Northern Regions

Negar Entezam joined TDS (Southern) in July 2012 as an Assistant Development Engineer, having............

  Team Butters does Tough Mudder  

Daniel Turiccki, from our Midlands office, recently completed Tough Mudder...............

2nd Edition 2012

Welcome to our latest news update.  So far 2012 has seen some spectacular events throughout our Country.  The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations have coincided with a summer of rain, rain and more rain and not forgetting that spectacular Olympic opening ceremony!!

Celebrations were also underway at TDS (Midlands) Ltd when two of their employees recently passed exams they had been studying for.  Having attended college on a day release basis Adam Brown, Assistant Development Engineer has completed a Subsidiary Diploma in Construction and gained a distinction grade.  Richard Yardley, CAD Technician, was studying towards a HND in Civil Engineering at Worcester College and he too passed with flying colours.  TDS are very proud of their commitment to increasing the knowledge and skills-base of their employees and congratulate Adam and Richard for their hard work.

New Sewer Legislation in Wales and Some Parts of England which is a total 'Game Changer'

Here is a question for you………..  How many of you have had a Section 104 Sewer Agreement in place before you start on a development?  I would expect the answer to this question is not very often to never.  For those of you who always have Agreements in place before you start on site - there really is no need to read the rest of this article!

From 1st October this year if you aim to develop any land in Welsh Water’s operating area you will need to have the Agreement in place before you can start on site.  This applies, whether it is a Welsh Water development in England or Wales.

The same legislation will also require you to have a Section 104 Agreement in place if you extend the existing sewer networks or if you make any Part H sewer connection where the sewers alternately outfall to Welsh Waters existing network.  To be clear this applies where the sewers connect either directly or indirectly via any sewers within the development.  This is a total game changer and it is anticipated that DEFRA will aim to bring this in for the rest of the Sewerage Undertakers in April 2013.

The other aspects of this legislation, which you need to be aware of is that new Mandatory Build Standards will be in place from 1st October which can now be viewed on the Welsh Government website.  On a positive note the implementation of Section 42 of the Flood and Water Management Act will mean that as developers you will have a vesting date of any sewer which discharges to Welsh Waters Network and a defined defect period.  It is anticipated that the vesting date will be when a property is transferred into the ownership of the Purchaser and the defects period will probably be 12 months.  All of which will be part of the requirements of a new type of Section 104 Agreement under this legislation where as we stand today a 100% rather than a 10% Bond will be required.  However Welsh Water have yet to confirm the full heads of terms or produce any form of “Model” Section 104 Agreement.

As previously stated this is a game changer and will emphasize the need to have a Section 104 Agreement in place at the same time as a Planning Consent.  All of which will constitute a major challenge for everybody as it would seem that in the past it can take up to 12 months to get a Section 104 Agreement in place at present with Welsh Water.  However Welsh Water are assuring developers that more robust procedures will be in place to facilitate this change.

If you want to discuss this further – please call Ray Farrow on 07939-595778 or email him on ray.farrow@t-d-s.com

Meter Removals & Service Disconnections

A vital element of pre construction phase site works, meter removals and subsequent service disconnections are a significant factor of any development schedule. By successfully collaborating with energy suppliers and designated utility providers, this process can be substantially accelerated.
With all designated utility providers requesting removal of meters prior to service disconnections, TDS will aim to compile the required information and organise meter removal appointments within hours of instruction. Furthermore, TDS will ensure that, following the removal of meters, all related supplier accounts are closed, final documentation is raised and all standing charges are terminated should these apply.
On prompt application, TDS will obtain approximate lead times from designated utility providers for required service disconnections. To ensure given lead times are followed, TDS will secure appointments for all surveying and disconnection works. All final disconnection confirmation will be requested and issued upon completion.
Representing both developers and demolition contractors, TDS have successfully coordinated meter removals and service disconnections on domestic, commercial and industrial buildings. Moreover, previous projects have ranged from individual buildings in rural locations to multi-building regeneration schemes in urbanised areas.
TDS will discuss client requirements on enquiry offering a flexible service tailored to individual circumstance. In addition to the above, and to enable TDS to provide a packaged service, TDS can attend site on behalf of clients when required. TDS have experienced increased demand for our services within this area as we endeavour to provide our clients with cost effective and time sensitive solutions.

If this service may be of interest then please contact:
Paul.Fleming@t-d-s.com  at TDS Midlands
Stuart.Graham@t-d-s.com at TDS Northern
Robin.Bishop@t-d-s.com at TDS Southern

New Starters

Negar Entezam - TDS Southern Assistant Development Engineer
Iain Hayward - TDS Northern Development Engineer

Negar Entezam joined TDS (Southern) in July 2012 as an Assistant Development Engineer, having recently graduated from Kingston University with a BSc Civil Engineering degree.

During her time at University Negar gained some valuable experience working for Consulting Engineers, where she was introduced to different areas of civil and structural engineering as well as construction.  The work experience enabled her to combine her theoretical studies at University with the practical knowledge gained at work.

Negar is currently working with the Utilities team at TDSS enabling her to gain the skills and experience needed to become a competent, innovative and valuable engineer.

Iain Hayward joined TDS (Northern) Ltd in April 2012 as a Development Engineer.  Iain has been appointed to manage the adoptions of roads, sewers and POS areas for the Northern region based at Booths Park, Knutsford, Cheshire.

Prior to joining TDS, Iain worked for Costain for two years as a Design Co-ordinator on a contract basis as part of a Civil Engineering project building recycling facilities throughout the North West. Iain has also gained invaluable experience working for a number of developers such as Gleeson Regeneration, David McLean Homes and Countryside Properties in a design management role working with multiple disciplines to procure and progress projects.

With 17 years in the construction industry Iain has accumulated experience that will be of benefit to TDS and our customers

Team Butters does Tough Mudder - 12th May 2012

Daniel Turiccki, from our Midlands office, recently completed Tough Mudder; dubbed the toughest event on the planet. Tough Mudder is a 12 mile assault course with obstacles including; crawling through stinging nettles, tackling greased up monkey bars, running through fire, bounding over hay bales, climbing 12ft Berlin walls, jumping into ice cold water and enduring 10,000 volt electrocution wires at the finish line.

Daniel and 20 of his friends took on this challenge to raise money for Brainstrust; a charity that is helping Daniels close friend, Matthew Pinnock, with his on-going fight with an inoperable brain tumour.


Local businesses, including TDS, generously donated money for Brainstrust and the total is currently over £6,000.

The donations page is still active, so if you would like to support Brainstrust by sponsoring Team Butters visit http://www.justgiving.com/teambuttersdoestoughmudder, or text TBTM90 to 70070.

Beach to Beach Cycle Ride - Bournemouth to Brighton 140 miles

The weekend of 19th & 20th May 2012, saw TDS (Southern) Associate Director Tim Bishop take part in the annual Asthma UK, 140 mile Beach to Beach ride from Bournemouth to Brighton.  With four months of training to prepare himself for the adventure behind him, Tim set off from Bournemouth FC’s Dean Court football ground on the start of the first 70 mile stage that ended at the overnight campsite in the beautiful Meon Valley in Hampshire.  The day ended with the 300+ riders gathering for supper before retiring to bed, ready for the second and final stage, from Hampshire to the finish in Brighton.

Sunday 20th dawned grey, with rain clouds that threatened to soak the riders at any minute gathered all around.  After a hearty breakfast the riders left the campsite to start the final 70 mile stage that traversed the Southdowns several times before the final food stop in the village of Steyning, nestling at the foot of the downs.  After some much needed sustenance, the final sting in the tail of the event meant the riders having to scale the Southdowns one more time, this time using the much feared Devils Dyke road, before the down hill finish onto the seafront lawns in Brighton.

The whole event covered 140 gruelling miles and Tim covered the distance in less than 10 hours.  With the majority of the riders completing the course with no serious injuries, a total of over £70,000 was raised for Asthma UK.  Tim would like to say a big thank you to everyone who sponsored and supported him in his effort.

Cricket - Update

TDS v Milton Keyns Surveys

The annual (friendly!) cricket fixture between TDS and Milton Keynes Surveys (MKS) was held on 25th July. The TDS innings got off to an excellent start with both openers making 25 before MKS took 3 wickets in 3 balls to bring the charge to a halt. TDS completed the innings  on 149 for 6.

The MKS response started well with the opening trio all making 25, but it was the running between the wickets of the later batsmen that saw MKS home with eight balls to spare. The evening ended with a few beers and a BBQ before Paul Fleming presented the Ted Lawton Cup to MK Surveys.


TDS v Taylor Wimpey South Midlands Ltd

Unfortunately after several failed attempts to hold the annual cricket match between TDS and Taylor Wimpey, we finally had to give in to the weather!  Hopefully we will have a better summer next year and the re-match will finally take place.

  Technical & Development Services (Midlands) Ltd
Rushden Hall, Hall Avenue, Rushden,
Northamptonshire. NN10 9NG
Telephone: 01933 411413 | Fax: 01933 350999
enquiries@t-d-s.com | Web: http://www.t-d-s.com/

Technical & Development Services (Southern) Ltd
Knight House, Farren Court, The Street, Cowfold,
West Sussex, RH13 8BP
Telephone: 01403 864450 | Fax: 01403 864480
southern@t-d-s.com | Web: http://www.t-d-s.com/
Technical & Development Services (Northern) Ltd
Booths Park 01, Chelford Road, Knutsford,
Cheshire, WA16 8GS
Telephone:01565 757829 | Fax:01565 757853
northern@t-d-s.com | Web:http://www.t-d-s.com/