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Welsh Water names its AMP6 partners

Skanska Construction UK working with Hyder Consulting (UK), Mott Macdonald Bentley, and Morgan Sindall, working with Arup, are the successful bidders to deliver part of Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water's (DCWW) £1.5B AMP6 capital investment programme. Galliford Try Infrastructure, working with AECOM, is a reserve capital partner.

The new alliance will drive value in the planning and pre-construction phase, says Welsh WaterThe new alliance will drive value in the planning and pre-construction phase, says Welsh Water

The companies, which will work collaboratively in DCWW's new Capital Delivery Alliance, will be responsible for the design and build of water and wastewater assets above and below ground. Their contracts cover 2015 to 2020, with an option for a further five years.

The company said the partners will deliver about a third of its total AMP6 capital delivery programme, while the in-house engineering team will deliver a third.

Welsh Water said working collaboratively in the new alliance was a key driver in its selection of AMP6 partners. It added that the alliance will drive value in the planning and pre-construction phase by co-locating DCWW, contractor and consultant resource into a single Integrated Solutions Team to help facilitate collaboration and innovation. 

Chris Jones, chief executive at DCWW, said: “As a company, we want to deliver the best possible outcomes for our customers and for the environment at the most affordable price. We went through an extensive procurement process to ensure that we selected capital partners that share our vision and values and are committed to delivering the customer service, environmental and financial outcomes that our customers want and deserve.”  

The DCWW contract is worth £25M a year to Morgan Sindall. Together with design partner Arup,  Morgan Sindall will deliver a variety of wastewater infrastructure design and build works to maintain and upgrade DCWW's assets throughout Wales.

Bill Gifford, Morgan Sindall’s water director said: “We are very pleased to be continuing our successful partnership with Welsh Water and look forward to starting work on the new projects next year. As part of the framework, we provide Early Contractor Involvement services ensuring we deliver best value and a high quality service to Welsh Water and their customers.”

The Skanska-Hyder deal is also worth about £25M a year to the partnership. Skanska UK executive vice-president Bill Hocking said: “We are delighted to be named as a delivery partner on this important contract.  As a team, we provide collaboration skills and aligned values, which create the foundation for a successful working alliance. This is combined with our experience in the water sector and wider industries, from which we can transfer best practice."

Hyder UK’s utilities sector managing director Simon Bradley added: “We have a strong presence in Wales, and this win means a lot to our people. We’re looking forward to getting started.” 

Law firm Eversheds advised Welsh Water on its procurement of the alliance agreements. 

Author: Maureen Gaines, Editor, WET News Find on Google+
Topic: AMP Cycle , Policy & Regulation
Tags: construction , planning , Dwr Cymru Welsh Water , Innovation , Contractor , AMP6 , capital delivery programme


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