It feels like the industry has been waiting for the AMP5 cycle to finish for an eternity. At last there are some reasons to smile, with visibility of a massive new capital project and AMP6 starting to gather pace.
The green light has been given on the Thames Tideway Tunnel (TTT), a major new sewer costing £4.1bn that will help to tackle the problem of overflows from the capital’s Victorian sewers and protect the Thames from increasing pollution. This is fantastic news for the industry, as it will generate over 4,000 jobs across a broad range of skill sets.
In the last week, Southern Water has named the winners of three packages of work, totalling £630m – the investment will be used to deliver a range of improvements under its £3bn AMP6 plan for 2015-2020.
The successful parties include CMDP, a joint venture (JV) between Costain and MWH, who will be responsible for maintenance and improvements across Southern Water’s water supply and wastewater treatment works with an estimated value of £200m over five years. The next JV to be announced was GTM, a joint venture between Galliford Try and Imtech, assisted by design partner Atkins. This JV will provide a similar service to CMPD but covering West Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
It is expected that the above works will generate somewhere in the region of 6000 jobs across its 94 water supply works, 368 wastewater treatment works and extensive water and wastewater networks. The work will begin this month and is likely to carry on until end of March 2020, each with an option to extend for a further five years.
Water is on the move
In summary, the water sector is moving again, with exciting opportunities for Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Engineers – not to mention Health & Safety professionals, Quantity Surveyors and Cost Engineers.
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