A joint venture between civil engineering contractors Barhale and Trant Construction has been won a multi-million pound framework agreement with Southern Water.
The BTU joint venture will carry out mechanical and electrical improvements at hundreds of Southern Water assets, such as treatment works and pumping stations, from now until 2020.
The six-year repair and maintenance programme for Hampshire and West Sussex covers the tail end of Southern Water’s AMP 4 programme and the five-year AMP 5 contract.
There is an option for a renewal for the subsequent five-year AMP 6 framework subject to satisfactory performance.
A three-month transitional programme is under way, with BTU effectively operational from 1 July.
Operations will be based at Havant, near Portsmouth, with an estimated 40 office staff and a further 120 employees and contractors in the field.
BTU’s framework director will be David Welch, who is Barhale’s current regional manager, and Sean Jordan, the contracts manager for the mechanical and electrical engineering arm of Trant, will be operations director.