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£177M Deephams contract awarded

Thames Water (TW) has confirmed AMK JV (a joint venture between AECOM, Murphy and Kier) as the successful contractor for a £177M rebuild of one of London's largest sewage works. Thames says the appointment to Deephams sewage treatment works (STW) represents a key milestone in the company's Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) procurement process.

Environmental improvement underpins Deepham's upgradeEnvironmental improvement underpins Deepham's upgrade

Lawrence Gosden, TW’s asset director, said: “This is a key moment for us. We believe our ECI process has resulted in the best possible solution for the upgrade, and after close competition between two very high calibre bidders we’re very pleased to announce the appointment of AMK.”

Thames says the upgrade will help Deephams STW meet tighter environmental standards, improve the water quality of the River Lee and reduce odour issues. The plant serves just under a million people in north London.

Jo Streeten, AMK project director said: “Upgrading Deephams presents a number of interesting challenges, not least the need to construct new treatment facilities on a site with limited space, while maintaining the current operation. Working within Thames Water’s ECI process has allowed us to understand these challenges early-on and develop a solution that meets them in the most efficient way.”

AMK’s appointment ends the first phase of TW’s ECI procurement process for Deephams, which involved AMK working in parallel with the Tamesis joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and Imtech to drive price and innovation. The second phase, starting now, will see Thames Water and AMK working together to implement the preferred solution.

AMK will start work immediately, and a full planning application is expected to be submitted in summer 2014. The works will be updated to meet strict new Environment Agency sewage treatment standards that will apply from March 2017. 

Author: Natasha Wiseman, Water & Wastewater Treatment Find on Google+
Topic: Contractors , Treatment
Tags: sewage treatment , Thames Water , planning , Procurement , environment agency


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