Newly-created BTU wins major Southern Water contract award in term agreement

Posted: Wednesday 22nd July 2009

BTU, a newly-established joint venture between civil engineering contractors Barhale and Trant Construction, has been awarded a multi-million pound framework agreement with Southern Water.

The six-year repair and maintenance programme for Hampshire and West Sussex covers the tail end of Southern Water’s current Asset Management Plans (AMP 4) programme and the five-year AMP 5 contract.

There is an option for a renewal for the subsequent five-year AMP 6 framework subject to satisfactory performance.

BTU was established by Barhale Construction plc and Southampton-based Trant, two leading providers of infrastructure services to the water industry in theUK.

The joint venture is commercially separate to the Barhale and Trant companies, from which it has spun out of. BTU takes its title from the initials of the two partners and the word ‘utilities’.

BTU will carry out mechanical and electrical improvements at hundreds of Southern Water assets, such as treatment works and pumping stations, from now until 2020.

A three-month transitional programme is under way, with BTU effectively operational from July 1. Contracts were signed on April 7.

Operations will be based at Havant, nearPortsmouth, with an estimated 40 office staff and a further 120 employees and contractors in the field.

Barhale chairman Dennis Curran and Trant chairman Patrick Trant said in a joint statement: “Southern Water has incredibly high standards and we’re thrilled that we met the rigorous framework criteria.

“It is testament to BTU’s collective expertise, acquired through Barhale and Trant’s extensive water industry experience, that the client selected us above other competitors.

“This contract is great news for staff at newly-formed BTU and it provides an opportunity to establish BTU as a one of theUK’s leading water infrastructure specialists.

“Our respective staffs have worked incredibly hard over the best part of a year to make this the contract a reality – our goal now is to deliver first-class results to the client by maintaining the condition and performance of Southern Water’s assets.”

Southern Water’s chief executive, Les Dawson, said: “It is essential that the suppliers we engage to work on our behalf not only deliver a service which is of the highest standard but also share Southern Water’s ethos of having customers at the heart of its business.”

BTU’s framework director will be David Welch, who is Barhale’s current regional manager, and Sean Jordan, the contracts manager for the mechanical and electrical engineering arm of Trant, will be operations director.

Southern Watersupplies fresh, quality drinking water to more than one million households and treats and recycles wastewater from nearly two million households across Hampshire, Sussex, Kent and the Isle of Wight.

It supplies 552 million litres of drinking water from 95 water treatment works along more than 13,600 kilometres of water mains to customers’ taps.

Each day the company treats and recycles 1,400 million litres of wastewater at 373 treatment works after it is pumped through a sewer network of 21,500 kilometres.

The BTU contract relates broadly to Southern Water’s western region – Hampshire andWest Sussex.

Southern Water published proposals last month (APRIL) for a £2.2 billion programme to maintain and improve services to its four million customers from 2010 to 2015 - creating and maintaining about 6,000 jobs through the company’s supply chain in the south.

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