It’s official: Asset Management Programme 6 (AMP6) will be here within the next 18 months and UK water companies will be under growing pressure to improve their efficiency.
There’s been a lot of early movement in the forging of alliances, frameworks and partnering. Already we have seen alliances announced for the Thames Water work, using a very similar idea to the successful process used by Anglian (@onealliance). The £2.5bn programme will be delivered by two consortiums with an initial five-year alliance (and potential extension after 2020): Costain Veolia and Atkins – who will be called Eight2O – and Balfour Beatty Skanska MWH.
AMP6 will see a different approach from Thames. The change in style should help to get projects finished in a more efficient way.
Severn Trent has announced the appointment of Atkins, Jacobs and MWH for their consultancy framework, with a 10-year agreement put in place.
Yorkshire Water has decided to retain its current framework partners, which include: Byzak, Black & Veatch, Mott Macdonald Bentley, Entec, Earthtech Morrison (ETM), Morgan Sindall Grontmij (MGJV), Barhale, Morrison Utility Services and Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions. Consultancy providers for Yorkshire Water include: Arup, MWH, Turner and Townsend.
Finally, United Utilities is splitting up its traditional two areas into 16 separate tendered locations.
I anticipate that, as AMP6 comes into play, recruitment will rapidly increase and there will be large number of requirements released for Project Managers, Site Managers, Commission Engineers and a variety of other relevant skills.
After the doldrums of the final year of AMP5 this will be a relief to many in our sector. It is very clear to me that these are exciting times with significant changes on the horizon.
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