Construction on a wastewater treatment works showing a crane

VolkerStevin – Jacobs joint venture appointed to United Utilities Construction Delivery Partner Framework

Framework supports £3 billion capital investment programme over next five years.

United Utilities’ largest ever environmental programme to advance water services modernisation in the North West.

A VolkerStevin and Jacobs joint venture, C2V, has been appointed by United Utilities as a Construction Delivery Partner (CDP) to support the major capital investment programme through the asset management period 8 (AMP8). It will be the most ambitious programme United Utilities has ever delivered.

C2V will deliver project management, design, build and commissioning solutions for complex capital projects covering water and wastewater treatment, pumping stations, reservoirs, and bioresources and energy. 

All partners on the specialist framework will come together, with United Utilities, to form an integrated delivery organisation to deliver the circa £3 billion capital programme over the next five years, with an option to extend for an additional five years, from 2030 to 2035.

“We’re looking forward to collaborating with United Utilities, enterprise partners and the supply chain ecosystem to deliver the region’s biggest ever environmental programme. The enterprise model presents a unique opportunity for our businesses to collaborate, transform the way in which we work together and deliver more social and environmental value to the North West region than ever before. We are excited to take the next step in our journey with United Utilities to build a stronger, greener and healthier North West for everyone.”

John Cox Managing Director

Kate Kenny, Jacobs Senior Vice President, said: “The water sector is facing unprecedented environmental challenges. This specialist framework positions United Utilities to deliver its largest ever programme to advance environmental performance and critical water services in North West England. With our 20+ years’ experience working in the region, we can further contribute vital water and wastewater infrastructure solutions that deliver stronger, greener and healthier customer and environmental benefits." 

Jane Simpson, Capital Delivery Director at United Utilities, said: “We’re really excited that we have secured some strong delivery partners to ensure we can deliver on our ambitious plans to transform infrastructure and services in the North West. 

 “It will be our most ambitious programme yet and by putting this partnership in place with some of the best design and construction companies in the country, it allows us to get to work quickly and deliver the transformation that we know our customers want to see.”  

The Water Services Regulation Authority for England and Wales - Ofwat - will review United Utilities’ proposals and give its draft response by July 2024, with final plans agreed by December 2024. United Utilities provides water and wastewater services to around seven million people in North West England, supplying three million households and 200,000 businesses.

VolkerStevin and Jacobs have supported United Utilities as C2V for the last 10 years – delivering both water and wastewater projects which have contributed to providing safe, secure and resilient water resources and improving river water quality across the North West. 

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