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Forge links with contractors, Scottish Water tells consultants


CONTRACTORS AND consultants on Scottish Water's new four-year investment framework will be asked to pair up so they can win work between now and 2010, the water company said this week.

'We will be asking contractors and consultants to form partnerships to work together to deliver target cost work packages, ' said asset management director Geoff Aitkenhead.

Last week Scottish Water announced that 19 consultants will join its team of contractors on the framework to deliver £1.45bn of work between 2006 and 2010 (News last week).

This is in addition to the investment being carried out by Scottish Water Solutions up to September 2007.

Joint venture company Scottish Water Solutions consists of Scottish Water (51%), Thames Water with Gleeson, KBR and Alfred McAlpine, and United Utilities with Galliford Try and Morgan Est. It was set up to enable Scottish Water to carry out its £1.8bn investment programme between 2002 and 2006. Its contract was extended to run until September 2007.

Aitkenhead said that this model could be reintroduced for the next investment period starting in 2010.

'We would go down that route again. There are benefits of partners having an equity stake in a company. You share the pain and the gain, ' he said.

Aitkenhead also revealed that problems delivering designs ahead of the 2006 to 2010 spending period had caused delays.

'There is always a hiatus. We admit that we didn't get as much early design work done as we would have liked but we were at the delivery peak, spending £630M in the fi nal year of the last period, ' he said.

To mitigate this, in 2010 the company said it would meet with regulators to try and establish certainty over water quality and environmental requirements for 2010 onwards.

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