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Technocover shares in United Utilities’ new framework contract for fabricated structures

Posted: Friday 26th June 2009

Technocover has been named joint supplier under United Utilities’ recently awarded framework contract for fabrications (TT107036, Package A).

The 3-year contract will see the high security access and fabrications specialist provide site survey, design, manufacture and installation of a range of fabrications, from handrails and walkways to ladders, flooring and access covers.

Technocover will be supplying products for day-to-day site work as well as for capital and maintenance projects, involving close cooperation with United Utilities’ contracted partners.

As part of the tendering process, Technocover’s internal and external operations were subject to thorough evaluation.

Lorraine Morton from United Utilities’ supply chain team, said: “After a full assessment, Technocover’s technical, commercial and due diligence procedures were found to be spot-on and met all of our criteria, resulting in their award of the joint framework contract.”

Health & safety

Health and safety is a number one priority for United Utilities in selecting suppliers.

Their inspectors visited Technocover’s 160,000 sq/ft production facilities to ensure operations are carried out to all relevant health and safety standards and that personnel have appropriate health and safety training across the board, from line production to site fitting.

Michael Miles, Technocover director, said: “This latest framework award underlines Technocover’s prevailing strengths as the water industry’s leading provider of high security, high specification fabricated solutions for both water and wastewater networks.”

Mr Miles continued: “While our range of LPCB approved high security access covers, doors, enclosures and cylinder clamps are well-known, the United Utilities fabrications framework highlights our complementary capabilities in supplying all the ancillary elements of water installations.”

Largest operator

United Utilities is the UK’s largest operator of water and wastewater systems, owning and operating both the water and wastewater network in North West England.

With a significant area to cover, it was also important to establish that Technocover had the capacity, service network and sheer commercial size to fulfil the contract requirements.

Lorraine Morton said: “We are a wide spread organisation, so our commercial assessment involves ensuring that a manufacturer can carry out the full scope of works and provide the service required.

“We also need to know that a supplier can manufacture to the specifications and quality levels we need.”

A notable feature of Technocover’s in-house production is its dedicated product finishing department, including a state-of-the-art, hot-dip post-galvanising tank. Here, skilled operatives carry out zinc galvanising to quality controlled procedures, applying a long life Duragalv protective coating to fabrications - after manufacture – for outstanding, site-specific durability.

Technocover’s status as an approved supplier on the Achilles database also ticked a box in United Utilities’ vetting process.


Part of the Technogroup of specialist fabricators of engineered products, Technocover manufactures the widest range of LPCB approved, high security equipment for water engineering applications.

Mr Miles said: “Our success in meeting United Utilities’ tough selection criteria confirms not just the technical quality of our products. It also acknowledges the efficiency, professionalism and sheer volume capability of our commercial operation, and our responsible approach to health and safety as an employer and supplier.

“Given the growing emphasis on unified standards and consistency in quality, these factors are becoming increasingly important in the procurement criteria of UK water companies.”

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