Thames Water announces professional services framework lot winners

03 February 2017 3 min. read

Thames Water has appointed a number of professional services firms, including Mott MacDonald, Arcadis and Ricardo Energy & Environment, to its professional services framework. The framework, which includes five lots, will allow the company to draw on the consultancy expertise of lot members to solve strategic conundrums towards 2030.

Thames Water was founded in 1989. The water utility provides water services to more than 9 million clean water customers in London and the Thames Valley, and sewage services to more than 15 million customers. The company generates turnover in the order of £1.9 billion, employing 4,700 staff. As part of its long-term planning, focused on providing reliable, clean and environmentally friendly water solutions to regions of the UK expecting to see demand increase, Thames Water has created a new professional services framework.

The framework, which runs until 2030, consists of five lots, four of which have been populated, through which it can call on a range of professional services firms to provide solutions for the future needs of its network, from keeping bills affordable, as well as tackling challenges such as increasing demand from population growth, to making assets more resilient to climate change and adapting to new laws and regulations. In total £57 million is split unevenly between the respective lots. The biggest lot, worth £20 million to 30 million, for business consulting will be announced at a later date.

Professional services framework

A number of professional services firms have been appointed to the respective lots. Mott MacDonald was appointed to all four of the lots thus far; Arcadis has been appointed to all lots, bar Environmental Consultancy; Ricardo Energy & Environment takes a seat in the Environmental Consultancy. Other winners include Aecom, Atkins, Black & Veatch, Jacobs, MWH UK, and Ian Skinner Consulting.

Lot 1 — Engineering Consultancy (£3 million to £5 million)
Aecom - Arcadis - Atkins - Black & Veatch - Jacobs - Mott MacDonald - MWH UK

Lot 2 — Commercial Consultancy (£3 million to £5 million)
Arcadis - Atkins - Mott MacDonald

Lot 3 — Environmental Consultancy (£5 million to £7 million)
Atkins - Jacobs - Mott MacDonald - Ricardo-AEA

Lot 4 — Dispute Resolution (Consultancy (£5 million to £10 million)
Arcadis - Ian Skinner Consulting - Mott MacDonald

Regarding the win, Manager of Mott MacDonald’s water business, says, “Thames Water is always looking for organisations that share their values to deliver excellent health safety and wellbeing, customer service and value for money. We have a long, successful track record in the water sector and are recognised by many companies for our collaborative way of working and ability to deliver innovative and efficient business solutions to our clients. Having worked closely with Thames Water for many years we are delighted to continue our relationship with them. Their approach to building strong relationships with partners perfectly fits the way we work and our capabilities and expertise.