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Balfour and Costain JVs bag AMP6 deals from Thames Water

15 May 13 Two contracting joint ventures have been selected by Thames Water for its £2.5bn AMP6 programme.

Under a new alliance model, Thames Water has brought together two design and build consortia to be responsible for delivering essential upgrades to water pipes, treatment facilities and sewers in the London and Thames Valley regions between 2015-2020. They  have been appointed now to deliver the sixth asset management plan (AMP) on the basis of earl contractor involvement.

The two consortia are: SMB, a joint venture of Balfour Beatty Skanska and MWH Global; and Costain/Veolia/Atkins.

The 23-month early contractor involvement (ECI) phase starts immediately.Thames Water has decided to select its AMP6 partners early in a bid to transform the way it delivers capital investment.

Balfour Beatty Chief Executive Andrew McNaughton said: "We're very pleased to be an integral part of Thames Water's AMP6 cycle at a time when the company adopts a completely new approach to its capital investment.

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"The pipes and pumps that keep our water system working are crucial, and we are delighted to be bringing our skills and experience to this important programme in water, one of our key economic infrastructure sectors."

Atkins' chief executive officer Uwe Krueger said: "This important addition to our strong portfolio of clients is further evidence of the strength of the UK water market and will help smooth the transition between the cyclical funding periods so that key skills and capabilities are retained within the sector. By combining a deep knowledge of the water industry with world-leading expertise in infrastructure design and programme management, Atkins and our joint venture and alliance partners will help Thames Water achieve the good value, innovative, sustainable and effective solutions it demands for its millions of customers."

Costain chief executive Andrew Wyllie said: "We are delighted to have been selected by Thames Water to deliver this major AMP6 contract.  The award is a consequence of our ability to work collaboratively, deliver sustainable innovative solutions to major infrastructure needs, and provide value for money. It also further reinforces Costain's position as one of the leading UK engineering service providers in the water sector."

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