South West Water picks partners for £2.8bn investment programme

South West Water has named the construction companies that will deliver its £2.8bn, five-year infrastructure programme up until 2030.

The water company, which serves Cornwall, Devon, the Isles of Scilly and parts of Dorset and Somerset, has appointed six contractors to its AMP8 framework, which runs from 2025-30. The value of the framework is more than double that of the previous one, which was worth £1.3bn.

Bam Nuttall, Clancy and Mott MacDonald Bentley have been announced as main construction partners in the west of the region, while Tilbury Douglas, MWH Treatment and Network Plus Envolve will lead in the east.

South West Water submitted its proposals for the framework to Ofwat, the water industry regulator, in October. Among the planned projects are two new reservoirs, new ceramic water-treatment works in Bournemouth and a waste-reuse plant in Poole. The water company also plans to replace 9,000 lead pipes and 34km of cast-iron mains.

Overall, £96bn worth of water-infrastructure upgrades are planned throughout England and Wales. Ofwat will deliver its final decision on the proposals in December 2024.

South West Water chief executive Susan Davy said: “These appointments will help turn our plan – the right one for our region – into reality.

“We’re already tackling the challenges we face, but with greater investment we can go further and faster.” 

South West Water also announced its consultancy partners: Stantec, Long O’Donnell and Turner & Townsend as project-management consultants; Aecom, ChandlerKBS and Turner & Townsend as cost consultants; and Pell Frischmann, Stantec and WSP as design consultants.

The firm will also appoint some locally based specialist companies to the framework in the next few months, it said.

Ronan Clancy, executive director at Clancy, said: “The clarity and ambition of the water company’s plans and the level of investment it is putting in place make the framework really exciting for us.

“It was evident throughout the bid that our values aligned closely with South West Water’s, and we are looking forward to working with them in the years ahead.”

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