Northumbrian Water announce framework supply chain partners

VolkerLaser is delighted to be one of 33 supply chain partners selected by Northumbrian Water to help deliver its £3.6bn AMP8 capital investment programme.

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The new partners have been appointed to 11 procurement lots to work across the company’s Northumbrian Water and Essex & Suffolk Water operating areas. The contractors will be available to work flexibly across the company’s programme of work including working with its Living Water Enterprise but will primarily work with its in-house Integrated Delivery Services (IDS) team, delivering lean and agile short-term schemes. They join existing partners already playing a role on their wider ecosystem.

The appointments have created brand new opportunities for many of the construction and engineering contractors and provided a particular boost to contractors within the water company’s operating areas, helping Northumbrian Water deliver on their promise to spend 60p in the £1 with regional suppliers.

The innovative procurement approach also created opportunity for 11 new entrants into the water sector with the promise of mentorship and guidance, with the ultimate aim of building more capacity in an industry that is seeing significant investment growth.

As one of these new entrants, VolkerLaser has been awarded Lot G multi-disciplinary civil engineering – non-water experience for Essex and Suffolk. The estimated value of the lots will be up to a maximum of £40m per annum, and the framework is expected to run for a minimum of six years.

Managing director, Ben Joyce said: “We are delighted to be appointed by Northumbrian Water to deliver works within the Essex and Suffolk areas. This is a market sector we have been looking to expand into and showcases how we can utilise our specialist self -delivery capabilities to diversify our offering.”