Scottish Water is looking for four construction firms to help it deliver a new capital investment programme estimated to be worth more than £300 million.
The water and sewerage services provider for Scotland will require two civil engineering and two M&E contractors to deliver the programme known as the quality and standards IV capital investment programme. The project will create new facilities both for collecting water and treating waste water that will be put back into the environment.
The framework is planned to be split into two lots, with Scottish Water spending between £9 and £12 million a year on its civils programme, and £30 to £40 million a year on the M&E elements. The company intends to begin delivery of the investment programme for the regulatory period starting 2015, but it is thought the work could extend into a second regulatory period that could see the total cost of the project rise to £600 million.
The framework deal is expected to be 12 years long and, if it continues for two regulatory periods, be worth up to £624 million in total.
Scottish Water has already announced its two alliance partners earlier this year. These are Caledonia Water Alliance (a Morrison Utility Services and Aecom), and BBV Alliance (Black and Veatch and Byzack). The provider will be working with these to oversee and implement the majority of its spending for the next six years.
Together, Scottish Water and its alliance partners will hunt for two lots of suitable Tier One contractors who will be able to help carry the work for the project, with between five and eight contractors invited to tender for each lot.
Engineers and contractors who believe they could help make the Scottish Water’s programme a success should send their expressions of interest to the Public Contracts Scotland website by July 4 2014. PQQS can be obtained from the Scottish Procurement Portal.
The recent call for contractors is not the first time Scottish Water has sought construction help this year. Earlier in March, the water company called out for contractors to join a £100 million framework to provide civil engineering and water mains replacement and rehabilitation.
Like the quality and standards IV capital investment programme, the replacement and rehabilitation project was split into two lots and predicted to span over 12 years. Both lots were for the Caledonia Water Alliance and included construction and maintenance; refurbishment and extensions to pumping stations; slip-lining and mains-laying on the clean water network.