Severn Trent Water
Tim Sawyer is a Programme Manager with Severn Trent Water, having over 35 years of experience as a civil engineer in the roles of client, consultant and contractor. This has enabled Tim to gain a wealth of knowledge in the procurement, design and delivery of projects and programmes of work, mainly in the water industry.
Throughout his career Tim has been involved in a number of projects employing tunnelling and no dig technologies. Most recently he has been responsible for the Newark Waste and Water Improvement Project, leading the multidisciplinary collaborative team in the delivery of this £60 million investment in the town’s sewerage and water distribution networks.
Extensive early stakeholder engagement was undertaken which influenced the solution, to minimise the impact of the works on a busy town which often suffered heavy traffic congestion at peak travel times. The solution incorporated 3km of 2.85m diameter segmental tunnel, from the north of the town to the south, and over 1.5km of pipe-jacked tunnels of various diameters beneath the busy streets. Tunnels were successfully driven beneath the East Coast Main Railway Line, Nottingham to Lincoln Railway line and the A1 and A46 trunk roads, without any indication of settlement at surface.
In management of this project Tim not only relied heavily on his previous design experience, procurement and contract management ability, but also his influencing skills with regard to customer & stakeholder management. The project attracted a large amount of media interest, a new experience for Tim being frequently interviewed on radio and TV.