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Scottish Water names companies set to deliver £5 billion infrastructure upgrade



Scottish Water has appointed seven companies to deliver one of Scotland’s biggest capital investment infrastructure programmes, enhancing the nation’s water and waste water services.

It forecasts to spend £1bn a year on thousands of miles of water pipes, sewer networks, treatment works and other assets.

The programme of work will help to deliver net zero emissions water and waste water services by 2040 and build capacity in the network to cope with changing weather patterns.

The procurement, which has a maximum value of more than £5bn over 12 years, will support construction, engineering and employment. There will also be a specific focus on delivering skills and development opportunities for young people.

The successful companies are:

  • Clancy
  • Galliford Try Infrastructure (Morrison Construction)
  • George Leslie
  • RWGM joint venture
  • Ross-shire Engineering
  • WGM Engineering & Boulting (joint venture)
  • Morrison Water Services

The companies have been appointed to carry out essential work across key elements of Scottish Water’s operational services and the capital investment portfolio.

The range of work covers repair, refurbishment and replacement works, covering mechanical, electrical, engineering, civil engineering, construction and maintenance services.

The period of work spans the next six years, with a six-year extension option thereafter.

Known as Delivery Vehicle 2, it will operate as a single entity to maximise collaboration, consistency and integration to help meet emissions targets, efficiency and supply chain support.

Mark Dickson, Scottish Water’s director of capital investment, said: “The companies and joint ventures appointed to carry out this work on behalf of Scottish Water will play a vital role in ensuring customers have the most resilient network which brings them water and removes and treats waste water daily.

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“The procurement itself has been a lengthy and rigorous process – the biggest we have ever undertaken – the team at Scottish Water is looking forward to working with our partners to progress our ambitious plans for the next decade and beyond.”

Scottish Water chief executive Douglas Millican added: “We set out our strategic ambitions for the future of the country’s water and waste water services in the face of unprecedented challenges from climate change and ageing infrastructure in February 2020.

“Partners will play a critical role in helping us achieve the change needed, on the scale and speed required to meet the dual challenges of providing services the public can rely on and addressing the impact of a changing world climate on our infrastructure.”

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