The awards are for 12 years, starting immediately. Credit: Northumbria Water

Seven join £3.6bn Northumbrian Water framework

The partners have been brought in to underpin delivery across the group’s operating areas in the North East, Essex and Suffolk.

The new partners will provide design and construction services within the water company’s frameworks, joining the five companies appointed at the start of 2023, as the company builds towards its £3.6bn AMP8 workload – AMP referring to the asset management periods overseen by regulator Ofwat.

Together with Northumbrian Water, the 12 partners form the Living Water Enterprise, described by the organisation as “an industry-leading collaborative partnership”.

The seven new partners are Esh-Stantec, Above, Farrans Construction, Costain, Mott MacDonald Bentley, BAM Nuttall and MWH Treatment.

While positions have been awarded on specific frameworks focusing on treatment and infrastructure, the flexible nature of the LWE means the partners will be available to work across the complete programme.

The awards are for up to a 12-year period, starting immediately.

In February 2023, the water company made the first five appointments: new technical partners, Stantec and Jacobs, as well as lead commercial consultant Turner & Townsend, with support from Aqua Consultants and Long O’Donnell Associates.

This followed a competitive tender process to create eight-year frameworks.

The LWE will play a key role in delivering Northumbrian Water’s upcoming business plan commitments effectively and efficiently. This will consider the complete life cycle of assets to ensure smarter spending and risk-based planning for the long-term.

Monisha Gower, assets director at Northumbrian Water Group, said: “The market has never been so competitive, when it comes to adding the best partners and people to our team in the run-up to AMP8.

“We have had to be agile and move fast, employing innovation throughout our procurement practices, and it has paid off, building our new stable of partners and creating the capacity we need for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

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