GHD to partner with Black & Veatch to support Thames Water’s £2.6bn AMP7 capital programmes framework


THE UK Water division of GHD, one of the world’s leading professional services companies, will work in partnership with procurement and construction firm Black & Veatch as a single ‘engineering design house’ to support contractor Galliford Try as it works on Thames Water’s AMP7 capital programmes framework across London and Thames Valley.

The aim of the programme is to help Thames Water increase resilience, efficiency and innovation in its operations, while improving affordability for its customers and supporting the economic and population growth in the South East of England.

Ben Aynsley, GHD’s Operations Director – Water & Property, commented on the announcement: “We are delighted to be playing a role in this important programme to drive significant improvements across the Thames Water network, which in turn will deliver enhanced service and value for money for customers.

“This appointment represents a significant step forward in our UK water strategic growth plan: our work in improving water and wastewater services for London and the Thames Valley will directly create lasting community benefit, in addition to strengthening our experience in the South East, a key growth region for us.”

Galliford Try was selected to work on both of the initial lots of Thames Water’s framework, infrastructure and non-infrastructure, and GHD will support across all activity to ‘design and construct efficient, value-driven solutions.’

The contract is for the duration of the water sector’s asset management period that runs from 2020 to 2025 (AMP7), with the potential to extend for a further five years into AMP8.

The scope of infrastructure work extends from the refurbishment, replacement and provision of sewers, potable water pipelines and pumping station assets through to the inspection and maintenance of aqueducts and tunnels.

Non-infrastructure work focuses on the improvement of potable water and wastewater treatment assets, such as sewage works and service and storage reservoirs.

This contract win follows another recent framework appointment to deliver design services across Severn Trent Water’s waste infrastructure network.