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Yorkshire Water appoints Stantec as £50M Strategic Planning Partner

Yorkshire Water has announced the major appointment of Stantec, previously MWH, as its sole Strategic Planning Partner (SPP) in a deal worth £50M, as the water firm prepares supply chain arrangements and contracts for the AMP7 period.

One of Yorkshire Water's flagship sites is the new Blackburn Meadows treatment site in Sheffield.One of Yorkshire Water's flagship sites is the new Blackburn Meadows treatment site in Sheffield.

The major seven-year contract with Stantec, which completed the integration of MWH UK and MWH Treatment at the turn of the year, will commence in January 2018 until March 2025, with the potential to extend by an additional five years.

Stantec will provide a range of services to support Yorkshire Water’s strategic plan, working closely with the firm’s own highly skilled and innovative in-house team.

This will involve driving innovation in the approach to resolving risk – exploiting new technology, partnership working and use of markets. A commercial model arrangement will incentivise the delivery of results inspired by the creation of ideas leading to exceptional service to Yorkshire Water’s customers.

Nevil Muncaster, Yorkshire Water’s Director of Asset Management, said: “The appointment of Stantec demonstrates the first of a series of exciting changes that we are making to ensure that we excel in AMP7 and beyond.”

Stantec UK Managing Director Cath Schefer said: "I’m delighted that Stantec has been selected by Yorkshire Water to be its Strategic Planning Partner. We look forward to working in an integrated partnership to support the delivery of benefits to Yorkshire Water’s customers and the wider community.”

Yorkshire Water’s partnering arrangements throughout AMP7, which runs from 2020 to 2025, involve an investment of around £1.5BN and supply chain partners will need to demonstrate the highest standards of process safety and innovation.

On innovation, Nevil Muncaster of Yorkshire Water added: “Innovation is a key driving force, allowing delivery of more while keeping costs down and helping meet the challenges of climate change, population growth and economic pressures. Future supply chain partners will also need to support the development and delivery of low carbon solutions and enhance our use of standard products and solutions, off site construction and modular build.” 

Yorkshire Water has deployed a ‘Six Capitals Model’ philosophy where supply chain partners will be asked to think beyond traditional construction and engineering requirements.

The model encompasses financial capital, manufactured capital, natural capital, social capital, human capital and intellectual capital, with each of these elements needing to be factored into project design. This approach is being embraced as the firm looks to drive environmental, sustainable and social outcomes, as well as purely economic and financial.

Author: Robin Hackett, Deputy Editor, WWT and WET News
Topic: Contractors
Tags: Yorkshire Water , amp

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