Forestry Commission

Protecting the park. Helping avert pollution in the Cairngorms.

16 December 2016 Reading time: 2 minutes

Environment first 

Redesigning a waste water treatment plant to save the environment.

The Forestry Commission owns land at Glenmore Village, a beautiful part of the Cairngorms National Park. As the landowner, it is responsible for the sewerage works serving the village. However, the sewerage plant was failing to cope with the tourist influx in peak season. The Commission urgently needed to find a way to avert the risk of causing pollution in this sensitive environmental area. 

The Solution

Business Stream took over the operation and maintenance of the 40-year-old sewerage plant. As an interim measure, our experts coupled the sewerage plant with new technology, chosen from our range of hire solutions. This ensured it would comply with the discharge consent standards set by SEPA. For the longer term, we carried out repeated surveys to monitor patterns over the season. This data formed the basis for the design and construction of a permanent new treatment plant, representing a significant new investment for the area by the Forestry Commission. The new plant was designed to the right standards for adoption as part of the national sewerage system. 

The Successful Outcome

The Forestry Commission benefitted from: 

  • protection of the local environment, and the activities at the core of the area’s economy 
  • a quick fix that ensured immediate environmental compliance 
  • a long-term plan that will lift responsibility for the treatment works from the Commission – freeing it to focus on its core work 

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