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Scottish Water appoints JV for major contract

Atkins/RPS joint venture awarded £120M contract

ARC, the Atkins and RPS Consultancy joint venture, along with one other partnership, has been appointed by Scottish Water for its technical consultancy support contract. The contract will run throughout Scottish Water’s SR15 business plan period (2015-2021), with a possible extension to 2027.

Worth approximately £120M, the JV contract will assist Scottish Water by delivering a variety of technical consultancy services associated with water and wastewater assets. Works involved in the contract are wide and varied, encompassing modelling and identification of water and wastewater service related performance improvement requirements; the development of traditional and innovative asset and operational based solutions; feasibility studies; investment appraisals; and the design and development of solutions.

Paul Aitken, Chief Operating Officer of ARC, said: “Our mission is to support Scottish Water improve its service to customers and communities across Scotland by promoting more effective, resilient and efficient asset and operational solutions. Our ‘Strategy to Operations’ delivery model will provide an exceptional platform for effective totex-driven decision making.”

Scottish Water has a clear directive to improve its service to customer, ensuring high quality drinking water and the safe collection and treatment of waster water. This contract will support Scottish Water, allowing them to call on a vast range of expertise across the JV consortia.

Richard Whale, Client Director, Atkins, said: “The direction that Scottish Water wants to take up to 2021 is clear – to continue to provide the people of Scotland with high quality drinking water and to protect and enhance the environment.”

He continued: “With decades of experience of working for water utility companies and with a team who are in their element mastering complexity, we will be able to work with Scottish Water to provide forward-thinking practical solutions that deliver lasting value.”

Scottish Water has a healthy working relationship with both Atkins and RPS, having worked together throughout the 2006 to 2010 investment periods.