Faithful+Gould Provides Expertise on Billion Pound Contract

Dale Potts
Faithful+Gould is celebrating its appointment to a massive £2.9 billion programme, one of the largest capital programmes in the UK water industry.

United Utilities PLC has let a number of contracts and framework agreements in respect of capital investment and maintenance for its 5 year regulatory programme, which commenced in April 2005.

Answering an advert in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), which was open to applications from all over Europe, Faithful+Gould successfully secured the contract in competition, following a pre-qualification process and a full tender submission.

The framework agreement lasting five years will see Faithful+Gould as one of several suppliers providing cost management support to United Utilities’ AX4 programme which marks a massive investment in electricity, water and wastewater assets and includes capital maintenance and new build projects.

Faithful+Gould will also deliver the provision of pre and post contract cost, audit and benchmarking support services and may be called upon to provide risk and value management, project controls, legal and taxation advice, together with programming support.

Having started work on the programme on 1st April 2005, Faithful+Gould has five members of staff working exclusively on the framework with more being devoted to the programme as it progresses. Sean Lynch, said: "This is one of the largest programmes Faithful+Gould is currently working on and we are delighted to be able to demonstrate our extensive expertise of working within the water industry. The main challenge our team faces is to provide an efficient service that will allow United Utilities to deliver the required outputs and our expertise in the field of cost, audit and benchmarking support will enable the programme to run smoothly."

United Utilities is the UK’s largest operator of water and wastewater systems. It provides water, wastewater and electricity services to more than 7 million customers in the North West of England. The business is also a provider of water and wastewater services to over 400 industrial and commercial enterprises.

Norman Davies, head of supply chain for United Utilities, said: "We are committed to continuously improving our services to our customers and this marks a period of significant investment which will improve our networks of pipes, sewers, treatment works and electricity networks across the North West."