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Dismay as water companies stick with same frameworks

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MOST WATER companies have stuck with the same suppliers for their next fi ve year construction programmes, according research carried out by NCE.

Contractors and consultants who failed to win framework deals fi e years ago lost out again this time, after lengthy tender procedures.

The news is an especially heavy blow to losers as some water companies have extended framework agreements from five years to as long as 15 years.

The new spending programmes are due to start next month.

'There is a lot of disappointment that the previous incumbents have won through, ' said British Water director Paul Mullord who represents water industry suppliers.

'Some of these companies have waited fi ve years to get work only to fi nd that the same firms have won again.' Mullord told NCE that despite lengthy procurement procedures, most water companies ended up with the partners they used between 2000 and 2005.

'Companies that lost out will just have to fi nd work in the second tier of the ladder working for the companies in the frameworks, ' said Mullord.

At Yorkshire Water the same partners - Costain Haswell, Earthtech Morrison, Mott Macdonald Bentley and Gleeson Duffy - have won the AMP4 contracts but will be working in new regions.

South West Water has reappointed Gleeson, Babtie, Faber Maunsell, Hyder and Pell ischmann. Only Alfred McAlpine has lost out to Edmund Nuttall.

This week United Utilities announced that MWH is likely to retain its consultancy services framework after being announced as preferred bidder.

Joint ventures KMI Plus (Kier, J Murphy & Sons and Mouchell Parkman) and Galliford/Costain/ Atkins were also announced as preferred bidders for detailed design, construction and commissioning contracts.

Only Anglian Water has radically shaken up its contract partners for the next five year work period, dumping Atkins and Halcrow in favour of Carl Bro and Black & Veatch (NCE 21 October 2004).

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

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

Southern Water and Northumbrian Water are the only companies still to announce who will work for them between 2005 and 2010.

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