MWH, Halcrow win program management contract for Glasgow drainage

GLASGOW, Scotland, July 20, 2009 -- MWH and Halcrow have won a major contract to manage an ambitious program of drainage work on behalf of the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership (MGDSP)...

GLASGOW, Scotland, July 20, 2009 -- MWH and Halcrow have won a major contract to manage an ambitious program of drainage work on behalf of the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership (MGDSP).

Glasgow City Council, Scottish Water, and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) are working in partnership with other local authorities and development agencies to deliver a sustainable drainage infrastructure that will reduce the impact of flooding, enable the economic development of metropolitan Glasgow, and provide a better quality of life through a cleaner environment.

The plan is arguably the most comprehensive of its kind and will cover flood risk management, improving environmental water quality and habitats, supporting economic development, effectively managing surface water and integrating partners' investment plans.

A program management office (PMO) has been established by a joint team from MWH and Halcrow, who have been chosen for their unparalleled experience of integrated drainage solutions and for their ability to deliver complex programs against tight time scales.

Each partner organization in the MGDSP will have its own portfolio of work with overall management, coordination and technical governance provided by the PMO.

Program Manager Jeremy Osborne says, "This is a highly complex program of work, and the individual objectives of the numerous stakeholders will have to be sensitively managed. The work will touch the lives of over one million people as well as impact on business communities right across the region. These are the ultimate customers and beneficiaries of this project."

The work will tackle the legacy of flooding problems so vividly experienced in the 2002 floods, especially in the east end of Glasgow East Dunbartonshire and South and North Lanarkshire.

It is a long term investment commitment by the stakeholders and will address pollution in the inner Clyde estuary and provide improved wastewater treatment facilities for the greater Glasgow region.

A key element of the project will be to improve sewerage and drainage networks in Glasgow's East End, to support the developments linked to Glasgow hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

This will also help to create a better urban environment and sustainable communities in this area of the city.

MWH is a private, employee-owned firm that provides water, wastewater, energy, natural resource, program management, consulting and construction services to industrial, municipal, utility and government clients in Europe, the Americas, Middle East, India, Asia and the Pacific Rim.

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