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  • Refurbish/Develop

    Main drain

    Hi all, I have looked at a new development today. It has all services on site ready apart from connection for drainage. It is in the middle of the road right outside of the site. 

    My question is does anybody have a rough cost of connecting into this, it might vary from area to area. Who would carry out this work? A rough guide would be a good start. 

    Many thanks in advance.
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     I believe you will need to use an approved contractor. The local authority should be able to provide you with a list of those that have the relevant license. It’s usually available on the website.
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    Speak to your water supply company, who will also be responsible for the drains. They will have a list of contractors who are authorised to work on their system. 

    Email them for quotes and be aware it is not a quick system. Good luck.
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    Andrew McCausland

    Hamilton Square Estates Ltd

    Wirral Property Group Ltd

    Sourcing and renovating investment property since 1994

    Drainage connections can make or break a small project

    we were quoted between 6.5k and 12k on my 1st house build, the length to the sewer connection and the depth of it all make a difference, our connection was 5 metres from the boundary of our property

    there is a additional charge by the local council to factor in, if traffic management is required, costs go up again

    The job was in a Cul de sac and the contractor wasn't worried about traffic management, (most of the others were) but we had to do the work on the manhole chamber and connections, situated on our land to Thames water standards (concrete and clay, no plastic allowed -again more expense)

    We struggled to get Companies to quote, the job was too small for them as they have to be water board approved and tend to be Civil Engineering firms



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    Chartered Accountant, FCA 34th year in public practice,

    BTL since 1992

    http://www.blythepropertyholdings.com

    More importantly I'd be asking why a new development isn't being connected by the builder. What are they proposing on the plans a cess pit??. If so why?
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    You mentioned that there is sewer line at the middle of the road? This sounds a bit odd, as services normally don't run under a street. Though who knows. Getting sewer service connected can be expensive. If the road is already built then repair costs of the road is also your responsibility, plus traffic control for duration of the works. Permits and things are another headache if you are arranging it.

    If the connection falls under classification of 'Minor works' then 5k is not unusual. But if the classification falls under 'Major works', then 50k is also a possibility. My architect was telling me a story of a corner block she had to design that had a major works requirement and their bill was 45k.

    Get it checked before you sign anything. Or keep an exit clause on your offer.

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    Whilst there are plenty of good points in the responses, you don’t in reality have a huge number of options, first off contact your local water board and ask for a quote pack, fill it all in and see what they come back with, then see if you can find another ( suitably experienced and insured ) contractor to do the work. But be aware that many water companies have an “infrastructure charge” which is a lump sum contribution to their cost of providing the whole sewage system, you’ll be paying that whoever does the work. Though if a mains water supply has already been put in this may have been paid already, unless the site is a brownfield and already had a connection, in which case you’d expect there to be a sewerage connection somewhere, probably capped when previous building demolished.
    If there was a previous connection then the infrastructure charge will be the calculated difference between the previous   use and new. 
    But most certainly get some hard numbers, before making any decisions.
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