Thames Water extends Barhale appointment through AMP8

Thames Water has extended Barhale’s AMP7 framework appointment by five years to the conclusion of AMP8 in March 2030.

The AMP8 (2025-2030) programme will see Thames Water continue to invest in its water and wastewater network which serves 15 million people across London and the Thames Valley. 

The water company is spending £2.3bn on infrastructure improvements through the current AMP7 period (2020-2025).

Civil engineering and infrastructure specialist Barhale will continue to operate under FA1488 covering Lot 1, the Non-Infrastructure framework, and Lot 2, the Infrastructure framework. 

Lot 1 focuses on capital maintenance and enhancement across many of Thames Water’s own operational sites, and Lot 2 includes new installations and capital maintenance of existing key assets. 

Lots 1 and 2 will be the principal delivery route for the AMP8 capital programme.

Thames Water has also confirmed the extension of Barhale’s appointment to FA1495 – Lot 5 of the AMP7 framework – covering the delivery of the water and wastewater AMP7 infrastructure programme across North London. 

Activities will include the new installation and replacement of existing trunk and rising mains; pressure management; the inspection of aqueducts, bridges and tunnels; the rehabilitation of sewers, pumping station refurbishment and gravity solutions to maintain asset health and accommodate growth. The programme will also continue work on SUDs and pipeline-related emergency works.

Shane Gorman, Barhale’s water director – southern region, believes the extension reflects the strong positive relationship between the two businesses and Barhale’s deep understanding and experience of some of Thames Water’s most important assets.

“We are very proud of the work we continue to carry out for Thames Water,” he said. “Water infrastructure across London and the South-east presents some unique challenges – not least responding to the huge demand from the country’s most dense population.

“At Barhale, we have fully embraced Thames Water’s collaborative approach which has yielded some impressive benefits under AMP7 already including greater agility in the way we have been able to deploy our teams to react to changing conditions, better utilised and shorter planned outages and swifter programme delivery.

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with Thames Water through the AMP8 period.”

The news comes as Barhale has also opened a new office in South Yorkshire as part of a two-part strategy to increase “on the doorstep” support for clients and to promote local workforce recruitment.

The new location in Mexborough strengthens Barhale’s representation in the county and completes its planned network of offices through the Network Rail Eastern Region as the business continues to grow its rail infrastructure business. 

The new office is based in the former Mexborough Grammar School building.

The opening also reflects Barhale’s commitment to its social value and diversity strategy which focuses on sourcing, training and retaining people from local communities to work on its civil engineering and infrastructure contracts.

Barhale’s office locations now include London, Walsall, St Albans, Peterborough, Great Billing, Wisbech, Leeds and Edinburgh.  

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