Firms provide technical support
JV partners unveiled for £120m Scottish Water works
Scottish Water has awarded contracts worth £120 million to two joint ventures. ARC – comprising Atkins and RPS – and m2, which involves MWH and Mott MacDonald.
They will provide technical consultancy support in the 2015-2021 investment programme.
The contract runs over six years and is divided between the two ventures, with an option for Scottish Water to extend the agreement to 2027.
Selected following an extensive procurement process, the two joint ventures form a framework of consultancy contractors which will be used to support Scottish Water and its construction Alliance partners in the delivery of construction and maintenance projects for the benefit of customers between now and 2021.
ARC and m2 will deliver a wide range of consultancy services for water and waste water assets including feasibility studies, data collection, modelling, project management and design & development solutions.
A small number of modern apprentices are expected to be recruited as part of the contract
Simon Parsons, director of strategic customer service planning at Scottish Water, said the two partners will helpo deliver the investment programme for communities as SW works towards improving drinking water and deals with waste water safely before returning it to the environment.
“The new investment programme will help support vital employment in the Scottish economy while enabling Scottish Water to build on the significant improvements made to water and waste water services in recent years,” he said.
Scottish Water’s 2015-21 investment programme will see both maintenance and improvements to existing assets – such as pipes, pumping stations and water treatment works.
To deliver this, a new delivery model has been developed which involves working in partnership with three new alliances and the in-house delivery team, Managed Delivery. ARC and m² will provide technical consultancy support to the in-house delivery team at a local level by ensuring efficient delivery of improvements to these assets.
The companies appointed under the Scottish Water framework agreement have been through a diligent and extensive procurement process which began in June 2014 and in accordance with the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).
70% of Scottish Water investment programme is carried out by Scottish based companies.