This is the first time that Dublin Corporation has ordered such a complex civil-mechanical engineering project. To avoid public sector risk the £96M contract has been let as a design build and operate package. Funding is from the European Union and the Irish Department of the Environment & Local Government, ruling out any need for contractor finance.
Black & Veatch and Ascon have formed a joint venture partnership with utilities company Anglian Water, known as ABA, to manage the 20 year operating concession. Like the innovative waste water treatment works itself, the procurement route has set a precedent for Ireland which is now being widely copied on water and other infrastructure projects across the Republic.
Though it has placed liability for the project fully on ABA, Dublin Corporation has played a major role in reducing risk there too.
A highly detailed site investigation was carried out by contractor Norwest Holst. The Corporation also consulted closely with the site's neighbours to smooth progress through the planning process.