Precast solution for North Yarra sewer

National Precast member Humes has provided an innovative precast concrete solution for a vital piece of Victorian civil infrastructure.A century-old brick sewerage system in Melbourne’s Alphington is being upgraded to service the community for the next 100 years. Precast concrete has been a vital component in the construction phase of this vital infrastructure.

The project includes the replacement of a section of the North Yarra Main Sewer. The construction contract was awarded to Lendlease Engineering and National Precast member Humes was awarded the contract to supply precast concrete shafts and pipe.

After a lengthy design and tender process, it was decided that trenchless pipe installation was the appropriate solution. Humes’ J-Series jacking pipe was chosen for the project and manufactured in the company’s Laverton factory in Melbourne’s southwest. A DN1500 jacking pipe was supplied with a high-density polyethylene lining which was cast into the inside surface of the pipe, to protect against hydrogen sulphide. The pipe was supplied with six-millimetre steel collars and several interjack stations to assist with installation.

Precast segmental shafts for the sewer were also manufactured at the company’s factory in Echuca in country Victoria. The shafts were supplied to Rob Carr, installers of underground pipes and services and sub-contractors to Lendlease. The shafts ranged between six and nine metres in diameter and were in excess of 10 metres deep.

According to Alex Graff, Humes’ Southern Region Engineered Solutions Manager, shafts are usually constructed in-situ. But in this case, precast was chosen.

“We’ve been able to showcase the benefits of using precast segmental elements,” says Mr. Graff. “They are easier to install and it’s also a safer system that reduces the safety risks on site.”

The new sewer main will service the area for the next century, reducing the risk of maintenance issues such as blockages, which can be costly and disruptive to the community.

This story has appeared in the Roads & Civil Works February/March 2016 edition – get your copy here today!

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