United Utilities has announced the winners on seven long term contracts as part of its AMP7 business plan, worth a total £500M.
The contracts, were previously all handled by Amey, but United Utilities has opted to split the work across several contractors for the next five years.
United Utilities said it hoped that spreading the work across different companies and SMEs would help to “improve customer experience, bring innovation and help to proactively identify and resolve issues on the network before they impact customers”.
In the firm’s north region, Morrison Utility Services will work alongside Sapphire Utility Solutions to deliver works on the water and wastewater networks respectively.
In United Utilities southern area, T&K Gallagher will look after the water network and Amey will maintain the wastewater system.
King Construction, the Bethell Group and O’Connor Utilities won spots on smaller specialist contracts and will work alongside the four main contractors.
United Utilities network delivery director Kevin Fowlie said: “These contracts have been won by companies […] with skilled workforces, working alongside our own teams, supporting the economic wellbeing of our region and delivering best value for our customers.
“Our new network maintenance services partners will help us improve customer experience, achieve the highest standards of health and safety and provide an end-to-end view of all the maintenance activities in progress. Working with multiple suppliers gives us greater flexibility and this new structure will also provide us with the opportunity to work more effectively together and collectively raise the bar on standards and customer experience.”
Thames Water and Severn Trent have also recently revealed contracts as utility providers and contractors gear up for the next funding period, which runs from 2020 to 2025.
United Utilities was one of four water companies that had their plans for the next infrastructure funding period fast-tracked by the water industry regulator Ofwat in January.
Image shows United Utilites pipes under construction in Cumbria.
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