Thames Water hails “new era” for UK water sector

Utility Thames Water has awarded two groups major contracts to handle up to £4 billion of capital investment programmes and network and developer services over the next five years...

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Utility Thames Water has awarded two groups major contracts to handle up to £4 billion of capital investment programmes and network and developer services over the next five years.

eight2O comprises two design and build joint ventures – Costain and Atkins, and Skanska, MWH Treatment and Balfour Beatty (SMB) – as well as a programme manager in MWH and technology innovator IBM, with Thames Water acting as both client and partner.

Together, they will carry out between £2 billion and £2.5 billionn of work over the AMP6 period (2015-2020), with potential to extend contracts beyond this to 2025.

A similar approach marks the infrastructure alliance, set up to deliver around £1 billion worth of water network and developer services over the AMP6 period, with an option to include up to a further £0.5 billion in additional network and metering services in the future.

This will be undertaken by Agility, made up of J Murphy & Sons and Morrison Utility Services, and KCD, involving Kier Services Ltd and Clancy Docwra.

Thames Water CEO Martin Baggs hailed the new partnerships as a “whole new era” for the water industry.

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