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Anglian dumps big names in framework contracts clear-out

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ANGLIAN WATER has announced sweeping changes to its five year framework contracts, replacing major consultants and contractors in the process.

It said this week it was dumping Atkins and Halcrow in favour of Carl Bro and Black & Veatch.

Contractors Laing O'Rouke, Purac, Amec and Morgan Est have also lost out to Balfour Beatty Utilities and Biwater.

Barhale and Skanska/Aker Kvaerner are the only contractors to remain on the framework, which could last for up to 10 years from April next year.

Anglian Water Services (AWS) head of infrastructure management Dale Evans told NCE that the shake up was due to the company's decision to shift from a series of partnership agreements to a single integrated alliance.

'In our previous model we would work with our consultants to develop schemes and then develop a target cost with one of our construction partners, ' he said.

'Now Anglian Water Services (AWS) will provide the alliance with a target cost for a subprogramme of work and the new alliance will deliver the solution, ' he said.

The alliance will be headed by a board made up of senior members from each of the contract partners plus an AWS representative.

Core members from each partner will move to Anglian's Peterborough office to form a project team of 250 people.

Halcrow and Atkins confirmed that none of their staff would be transferring over to the new alliance.

Atkins told NCE that this did not mean it would be pulling its water industry staff out of East Anglia's area.

'We are dedicated to working in the Anglian region, ' said Atkins Water divisional director Ian Pathyjohns.

'We are servicing Environment Agency framework contracts from the Peterborough office and are growing some strong working relationships with other major clients in the region, ' he said.

AWS chose its contractors and consultants on the basis of technical and commercial capability and culture and business behaviour.

'There was a huge emphasis on this last bit. We recognised that the ability to work in this model (alliance) would be a key enabler, ' said Evans.

It shortlisted eight companies and brought a cross section of their staff to workshops. AWS then assessed how well each company was suited to working as part of an alliance.

Six companies were finally appointed from the eight and consultant EC Harris has been appointed by AWS to help it form the new alliance.

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