Legacy Building: Improving water supply resilience for Birmingham, Birmingham

5 November, 2015 | 18:00 - 20:00

Legacy Building: Improving water supply resilience for Birmingham, Birmingham

About this event

Conceived by pioneering Victorian engineers and politicians, the Elan Valley reservoirs and aqueduct transformed lives in Birmingham and continue to provide a vital service to this day.

Our speakers are Simon Hinsley Severn Trent Water (STW), Project Sponsor, Birmingham Resilience Project and Mike Keil, STW Asset Strategy Manager.

Simon joined Severn Trent Water in 1987 and for the last 18 months has managed the £250M Birmingham Resilience Project. This is Severn Trent's most ambitious project to date and will see the delivery of a new water supply to the city of Birmingham by March 2020.

Mike was the main author of the business case for the Birmingham Resilience project. This was the biggest single scheme proposed by any water company at the 2014 price review.

Safeguarding this asset for a further century of service means Severn Trent is planning for a major programme of protection and refurbishment works. Currently, minor maintenance and inspection is carried out during brief annual shutdowns but more significant work needs a longer shutdown – and to permit this STW needs to create an alternative water supply for around 1.2 million customers in Birmingham.

Don't miss this chance to hear about the delivery of this key infrastructure project in our region.

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Speakers

Simon Hinsley

Simon Hinsley
Simon Hinsley

Chartered Civil Engineer, Simon Hinsley, joined Severn Trent Water in 1987.

Simon worked in various roles within Severn Trent's engineering department, including some of their biggest projects in recent times (£70M Derby Sewage Works Reconstruction, £150M Minworth Sewage Works) and for AMP5 was responsible for delivery of the sewage treatment capital programme in the north of the region and more latterly for the region-wide water distribution capital programme.

For the last 18 months he says "I have been in the privileged position of manager for the £250M Birmingham Resilience Project. This is Severn Trent's most ambitious project to date and will see the delivery of a new water supply to the city of Birmingham by March 2020."

Dr Mike Keil

Mike Keil spent the first decade of his career at the Met Office. During that time he completed his PhD in modelling the stratosphere; he helped expand the Met Office's work on space weather and, when he left, he was leading their middle atmosphere research group.

In 2007 Mike joined Ofwat, the water regulator, as their first head of climate change policy. In this role he wrote Ofwat's climate change policy statement and was responsible for assessing the climate change elements of the 2009 review of prices in the water sector.

Mike has been working for Severn Trent Water since 2011 to lead their work on climate change and resilience. In a role reversal from his Ofwat job, he helped write Severn Trent's PR14 business plan including the business case for the Birmingham Resilience Programme which is the biggest single investment by any company at PR14.

Mike is now Asset Strategy Manager where he helps set the long-term direction for Severn Trent Water. Mike is currently chair of the Water UK climate change network and is a member of CIWEM's climate change steering group.

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