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Aecom Murphy Kier wins £177m sewage works upgrade

21 Nov 13 A joint venture of Aecom, Murphy and Kier (AMK JV) has been selected by Thames Water for a £177m rebuild of one of London’s largest sewage treatment works.

AMK JV has been appointed on an early contractor involvement (ECI) basis to upgrade Deephams sewage treatment works in Edmonton to meet 2017 environmental standards. The project will also increase capacity to allow for future population expansion and significantly reduce the frequency and intensity of odour on site.

AMK’s appointment ends the first phase of Thames Water’s ECI procurement process for Deephams. This first phase involved two contractors working in parallel to drive price competition and innovation. Assessment in this phase included a behavioural review of contractors, both at organisational and project team level. The second phase, starting now, will see Thames Water and AMK working together to implement the preferred solution.

AMK will start work immediately. A full planning application is expected to be submitted next summer.

Thames Water asset director Lawrence Gosden said: “This is a key moment for us. We believe our ECI process has resulted in the best possible solution for the upgrade, and after close competition between two very high calibre bidders we’re very pleased to announce the appointment of AMK.

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“This project represents our approach to delivering best value for our customers - working innovatively, sustainably, and in collaboration with our contractors.”

AMK project director Jo Streeten added: “We’re delighted to be working with Thames Water on this project.

“Upgrading Deephams presents a number of interesting challenges, not least the need to construct new treatment facilities on a site with limited space, while maintaining the current operation.

“Working within Thames Water’s ECI process has allowed us to understand these challenges early on and develop a solution that meets them in the most efficient way.”

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