Water & Waste roundup

AECOM has secured a position on Wessex Water’s new design capital delivery partner framework. Under the framework, AECOM will provide design services to support the delivery of the water company’s capital programme during Asset Management Plan 6 (AMP6), the water industry’s 2015 to 2020 funding period. The initial five-year contract, which starts immediately, has the potential to be extended by a further five years to cover all or part of AMP7. AECOM has worked with Wessex Water for the past 15 years and is currently assisting the delivery of the detailed design by providing pipeline design engineers for the Corfe Mullen to Salisbury pipeline, a new water supply pipe that will transfer water from Dorset to Salisbury in Wiltshire. 

ESD, a joint venture of Black & Veatch, Galliford Try and MWH Global, has been appointed preferred bidder for the framework to provide water and wastewater treatment services throughout Scotland. The contract is estimated to be worth £560 million, and will be delivered in collaborative alliance with Scottish Water. As part of the agreement ESD will take on 15 modern apprentices in the first year with six in each year which follows - a total of 45 apprentices, and employ 30 graduates over the lifetime of the deal. It has also committed to supporting Scottish Water’s education programme with 100 educational visits. This is the third alliance partnership to be announced by Scottish Water for its 2015-21 investment programme, Caledonia Water Alliance, a partnership of Morrison Utility Services and AECOM is  its water infrastructure alliance partner and aBV Alliance, a partnership of Amey and Black and Veatch, is the waste water infrastructure alliance partner.

A project to create a swimming pool in the Thames has started its crowdfunding campaign to raise £125,000 to build a 25m pool and training pool. The Kickstarter campaign organised by project promoter Studio Oktopi ends on 22 May.  

Scottish Water International has completed a major assignment in the Western Canadian City of Calgary to identify efficiency benefits for the city’s water services business unit that could save up to $5M. Principal Consultant John Carty, who led the team in Calgary, said: “This was the first major assignment that SW International had won on its own. It was a great opportunity to promote Scottish Water on the world stage. The lessons that we have learned in Scotland with the evolution of Scottish Water are very useful now for our international clients.”