Utility company Wessex Water has begun the search for firms to deliver an £800 million investment plan between 2015 and 2016. The company hopes to sign up around a dozen civils and M&E partners to deliver target cost contracts over the AMP6 period.
Firms that are chosen may also be offered a possible AMP7 investment extension, depending on how they perform over the initial contract. Insiders say that several firms are already in the frame under the selection procedure planned by the water company, however outside firms are now being invited to throw their hat into the ring.
The work taking place over the course of the contract will contain elements of early involvement with the internal design team or design consultants during optioning and design stages. For this investment period, there will be greater emphasis on capital maintenance works from delivery partners.
The work involved will include the construction of a range of new assets and refurbishment, modifications and maintenance of water and waste water treatment works as well as above and below ground distribution networks and infrastructure.
Wessex Water will pick up to six capital delivery partners for each lot. It is believed that the contract will last initially for five years before the opportunity for extension arises. Firms who are interested have until the 14th of August 2014 to express their interest.