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Yorkshire Water to highlight Yorkshire Alliance opportunities

Yorkshire Water is to host a supply change event to highlight opportunities within its Yorkshire Alliance from 2019 onwards at Shine in Leeds on 19 March.

Yorkshire Alliance partners must have the ability to work on reservoirs.Yorkshire Alliance partners must have the ability to work on reservoirs.

With an anticipated spend in the Yorkshire Alliance for a maximum period 11 years from 2019 of circa £1.1BN, the company said the range of skills required will include reservoirs, raw water inlets, water treatment works, wastewater treatment works and outlets.

Among other requirements, Yorkshire Water said it will require its Yorkshire Alliance partners to ensure safety and sustainability is in-built into every asset; support the development and delivery of low carbon solutions; and enhance Yorkshire Water’s use of standard products and solutions, offsite construction and modular build.

The procurement of this Yorkshire Alliance is now underway with a notice published around 1 March, with expression of interest closing on 2 April.

Andy Clark, Head of Procurement & Contract Management at Yorkshire Water, said: "We have always sought to develop relationships with contractors and consultants that support delivery of benefits to customers, wider stakeholders and the environment.

"So, to address the diverse range of risks within the asset base, we are looking to engage widely with a supply chain that is agile and able to respond to the level of change required to meet future needs.

"As well as being efficient, services must be resilient in the long term and provide multiple benefits to the customers and communities we serve. How we work with service partners is vital in delivering the services customers want, in the way that meets expectations at a price that customers believe is fair."

Yorkshire Water has said that Yorkshire Alliance partners will need to demonstrate the highest standards of process safety required in a high hazard industry. Health and safety in operation must start in design, and Yorkshire Water said it intends to continue the momentum to ensure that safety and sustainability is embedded within every asset intervention.

Clark 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 Yorkshire Water’s use of standard products and solutions, off site construction and modular build."

Author: Robin Hackett, Deputy Editor, WWT and WET News
Topic: Asset Management , Contractors
Tags: Yorkshire Water , construction , Procurement

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