Atkins, Veolia Water and Costain JV selected as capital delivery

Written by Atkins on 21 May 2013

Thames Water has announced that Atkins, Veolia Water and Costain will deliver a significant proportion of its 2015-to-2020 programme of essential upgrades to water pipes, treatment facilities, and sewers across London.

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Thames Water’s alliance model brings together a number of joint ventures, which collectively will be responsible for the delivery of a programme of work with a total value of £3 billion, making this the largest capex management contract in Europe.

Neil Thomas, Atkins’ group managing director for water and environment, said: “We are looking forward to working closely with our partners and drawing on our combined technical expertise and complementary strengths to support Thames Water with its fresh approach to the planning, design and delivery of this substantial capital programme.”

Lawrence Gosden, Thames Water's asset director, said: “We have a significant amount of work to do upgrading our deteriorating infrastructure over the next 25 years and beyond, while keeping customers’ bills affordable. If we are to achieve this a different approach is required.

“That is why we have formed an alliance to deliver our AMP6 programme. This represents a complete transformation in the way we carry out investment. Our focus will be on delivering value, as opposed to just cost-efficiency.  We will take a long-term view, as well as making sure we meet our shorter-term goals.

"By forming this early, two years before the start of the next five-year regulatory period, we stand the best possible chance of delivering the safest, most sustainable and most innovative solutions - those which don't necessarily involve simply pouring concrete."

The appointment comes as Thames Water unveiled plans to transform the way it delivers capital investment, which includes joint team working with an integrated supply chain, boosting safety and efficiency, and making sure solutions delivered are sustainable and value for money.

Olivier Bret, chief executive officer for Veolia Water, said: “Veolia’s expertise and proven technical and operational capabilities enables us to take a key role in the delivery of this essential capital delivery programme, and meet the high standards that Thames Water demands for its customers.

“This is a strong and balanced partnership which brings together our expertise in water, construction and design to deliver the best possible service though efficiency and innovation.”

Andrew Wyllie, chief executive of Costain Group, said: “Costain was chosen for its ability to deliver innovative solutions to major infrastructure needs efficiently and sustainably, providing value for money for customers. This is a significant contract award for us, in terms of size, scale and technical complexity, demonstrating once again the success with which our end-to-end service offering enables us to secure major contracts with blue chip customers.

“We look forward to working closely with our customer and our partners to deliver the best possible outcomes, innovatively, cost efficiently and safely.”

Thames Water’s AMP6 alliance is made up of two ‘design and build’ consortia, a programme manager and a technology and innovation provider. The organisations selected are:

Design and Build:

  • Costain, Veolia Water & Atkins
  • Skanska MWH Balfour Beatty (SMB)

Programme Manager: MWH UK

Technology and Innovation Provider: IBM

The alliance board will include representatives from Thames Water and from each member of the alliance, as well as two non-executive positions – one independent and the other a representative from the supply.

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