Winning the right to bid for £1.5 billion worth of work


Preferred contractors and consultants have been selected by Northumbrian Water Limited to carry out its huge future investment programme over ten years.

It is anticipated that the nineteen contractors and consultants to be appointed to the water company’s ‘framework agreement’ list will have the opportunity to win work to an estimated total value of £1.5 billion.

They will bid to win contracts for all major future work planned and required to upgrade and maintain the drinking water and sewerage networks throughout the North East and in Essex and Suffolk.

Dr Colin Price, Northumbrian Water Limited’s Technical Director said: “This is great news for the companies chosen and the people who work for them and their sub contractors. It will be particularly welcome in these challenging economic times.

“Selecting a special group of companies to help us deliver our investment programme allows us to guarantee work and quality standards at competitive prices and means we can develop mutually beneficial relationships.

“Although the work is of a specialised nature, many of the selected companies have a strong presence in the regions we operate in and, in turn, their success will also have a positive impact on a diverse and wide group of businesses regions-wide.”
The new framework agreements will come into effect from 1st April, 2011 and last for up to ten years. It will cover work in the following areas: technical and commercial services, infrastructure and non infrastructure construction, design and construction and sewerage maintenance.

Suppliers named on the new framework list are: BAM Nutttall, Barhale, Byzak, Carillion, Costain, Entec, Faithful & Gould, Graham Construction, Grontmij, Interserve, J N Bentley, Lumsden & Carroll, May Gurney, Mott MacDonald, MWH, MWHC, Owen Pugh, Seymour and Turner & Townsend.

A useful table of operational facts follows with information about Northumbrian Water’s business in North East England and also for its water-only company in the south where it operates under the name of Essex & Suffolk Water.

For further information contact: Alistair Baker, Communications & PR Manager, Northumbrian Water 0191-3016851 / 07711 793493.

Operational facts 2009/2010 Northumbrian Water Essex & Suffolk Water
Area served 9,400 km2 2,861 km2
Population - water 2.6 m 1.8 m
Population - wastewater N/A
Water supplied per day 800 mld 427 mld
Household connections 1.11 m 735,301
Non household connections 69,698 47,144
Water mains 16,789 km 8,424 km
Water treatment works 35 29
Impounding reservoirs 29 10
Service reservoirs/water towers 252 102
Boreholes 24 28
Wastewater treatment works 437 N/A
Length of sewers 15,484 km N/A
Household connections 1.21 million N/A
Non household connections N/A

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