United Utilities has awarded the £85 million Thirlmere link mains contract to a joint venture between Farrans Construction and Roadbridge Ltd.
The contract covers the design, construction and commissioning of approximately 32km of large diameter twin water mains and approximately 24 km of large diameter water mains in the West Cumbria region.
The pipeline will link West Cumbria to the rest of United Utilities’ regional water network.
The JV was one of four bidders for the contract, which was orginally tendered as two separate schemes – the Williamsgate to Summergrove water mains build and the Bridge End to Williamsgate raw water aqueduct build.
United Utilities opted to tender the work as a single project after reviewing its overall procurement strategy for the £300 million West Cumbria Water Supplies project, which also includes a new water treatment works, two service reservoirs and a new pumping station.
The water company concluded that the challenges (including financial) that the project raised meant that the objectives of the strategy would be better met by a single combined offer.
The previous procurement structure did not permit the submission of a combined offer and did not allow the benefits of any combination to be taken into account in the evaluation.