McNicholas has agreed a five-year framework deal with utilities infrastructure firm Fulcrum.
The contractor has been working for Fulcrum since 2011, and last month was named as its sole framework contractor for future gas, electricity and multi-utility connection works at developments across England and Wales.
The new “alliance organisation” will be run by a joint board and sees Fulcrum staff concentrating on core competencies of technical know-how and utility infrastructure design expertise while McNicholas contribute logistics, mobilisation and operational delivery support across gas, electricity and multi-utility connection works.
“The new alliance structure allows for the removal of any element of duplication between Fulcrum and the work of McNicholas as our alliance partner and will deliver improvements in efficiencies and customer service,” said Fulcrum CEO Martin Donnachie.
McNicholas CEO Barry McNicholas, said: “Formalising an even closer bond under the Fulcrum banner will provide alignment of our business goals and consistency of delivery for our utility infrastructure clients across England and Wales.”
Donnachie and McNicholas will lead the joint organisational board.
“We are operating very successfully under a similar alliance with Phoenix Natural Gas in Northern Ireland and, based on our experience of that alliance, we believe that customers will be major beneficiaries. Collaborative working will galvanise an already excellent working relationship established with Fulcrum over many years,” added McNicholas.
Fulcrum is an independent utilities infrastructure organisation, providing technical engineering, design, project management, consultancy and audit services across gas and multi-utility connections. Clients include Transco and National Grid.