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United Utilities unveils 18 design and build partners for £13.7B AMP8 initiative

  • United Utilities unveils 18 design and build partners for £13.7B AMP8 initiative
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United Utilities has announced a further 18 partners who will help to deliver the largest environmental programme in the North West in more than a century if the company’s ambitious business plan is approved.   

After recently announcing seven partners who will help to deliver major infrastructure projects for the company between 2025 and 2030, the 18 announced are detailed design and build organisations.   

Following a competitive tender process, AE Yates, Barhale, Bethell, Eric Wright Civils, Forkers, Murphy, Network Plus, Sapphire, United Living and Ward and Burke will be working with United Utilities on projects to improve its network infrastructure.   

While Avove, bWGM, Eric Wright Water, Ross-Shire, Glanua, Lagan Infrastructure, Mott MacDonald Bentley, and Stonbury will be working on projects to improve its process treatment facilities.   

The value of the work is around £2.75bn and will help to reduce storm overflow activations as well as upgrading water and wastewater treatment plants across the North West.   

United Utilities has submitted a £13.7 billion investment plan for 2025-2030 to Ofwat that would deliver cleaner rivers, more reliable water supplies and improvements to services for customers, communities and the environment.    

United Utilities has submitted a £13.7 billion investment plan for 2025-2030 to Ofwat that would deliver cleaner rivers, more reliable water supplies and improvements to services

The investment would support 30,000 jobs, including 7,000 new jobs across United Utilities and the wider supply chain, bringing investment in skills and opportunities to the heart of local communities and contributing £35billion of economic value across the region.   

The company will be making further announcements on partners from the local supply chain in the coming months.   

Jane Simpson, Capital Delivery Director at United Utilities, said: “We’re really pleased to have chosen 18 great partners who will complement the seven partners that we have already announced to help deliver our ambitious plans and transform our infrastructure across the region.   

“For the first time we’re engaging directly with these partners who will do the work, rather than through large management contractors. This will allow us to be more agile and ensures we have a mix of partners able to deliver at speed, whilst securing the best value for our customers.”  

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