Overview

Urban Utilities is committed to excellence in water and sewerage services that enhance the liveability of our communities. As part of this commitment, we installed a new sewerage pump station (SPS) within the park known as Alexander Smith Place at 63 Grey Street.

The new sewerage pump station (SPS) was installed as part of Brisbane City Council's early works program for Brisbane Metro. The SPS connects to the waste water network, which also means relocating some existing waste water infrastructure beneath Grey Street and parts of Melbourne Street. 

The new SPS replaces the de-commissioned pump station at the corner of Melbourne and Grey Streets. Located below-ground this new pump station has a greater flow capacity to cater for growth and development in the area. 

Our contractor, Diona, has completed testing and commissioning work at the underground pump station in Alexander Smith Place Park.

With the severe weather in late February 2022, a generator was placed on site during the power outages in South Brisbane, and rectification and clean up activities were required to make the park safe again.

The fences are now down and Alexander Smith Place Park is open for the community to enjoy.

With the Grey Street Sewerage Pump Station now operating and optimisation activities underway, you will continue to see us occasionally in the park.  

Thank you for your patience during this important work.

Why is a new SPS needed at South Brisbane?

The new sewerage pump station (SPS) at Alexander Smith Place is being installed as part of Brisbane City Council's early works program for Brisbane Metro. The SPS will also need to be connected to the network, which also means relocating some existing sewer infrastructure beneath Grey Street and parts of Melbourne Street. 

The new SPS  will be a submersible, all-weather pump station designed to operate continuously. It will have a greater flow capacity than the existing SPS to cater for population growth.

Most of the infrastructure will be located underground, including the wet well, grit chamber, emergency storage tank and pumps. The odour control unit, electrical switchboard, telemetry control systems and ventilation pole will be built at ground level.

Grey St Sth Brisbane - Sewer pump station

Location

The location allows for the construction of a below-ground SPS to connect to the existing sewer network.

The integrity of the green space will be maintained by minimising above-ground structures and incorporating landscaping to ensure the space is leafy, open, accessible and welcoming.

Grey St Alexander Smith Pl

Construction

The SPS is expected to take about 12 months to construct (subject to weather and site conditions).

Construction impacts will include day works between 6.30am and 6pm, Monday to SaturdaySome night work may be required to comply with approved traffic permits. We’ll notify the community if work is planned after hours.

Activities at the site will include construction vehicle movements, excavation, piling, changed traffic conditions and some removal of shrubs.

Public access to the park will be unavailable until the work is completed.

The project team will minimise the construction impacts to the extent possible, including managing noise and dust at the source, utilising traffic control and reviewing work methods as required.

Restoration of work areas

Restoration activities will occur at various stages following the works and the remainder will be finalised at project completion.

Landscaping

The architectural landscape design will enhance the visual amenity of the park by incorporating additional planting, new street furniture, a drinking bubbler, trafficable turf and local artwork on the switchboard.