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Costain and Atkins add Black and Veatch to £3bn Thames Water framework

Black & Veatch has joined Thames Water’s £3bn eight2O alliance, combining forces with Costain and Atkins.

The water specialist will join the CABV joint venture, one of two design-and-build joint ventures on the current alliance, to deliver new water and wastewater assets.

The eight2O alliance was set up to oversee Thames Water’s AMP6 funding period that runs from 2015 to 2020.

A Skanska / MWH / Balfour Beatty JV is the other design-and-build team, while IBM is technology partner and MWH is the scheme’s programme manager.

Veolia was originally part of the Costain and Atkins team but pulled out last year after a realignment of the business.

Black and Veatch had been part of a joint venture with Murphy and Aecom that bid but was not selected for the job in 2013.

The other JVs to miss out were Galliford Try / Morrison Utility / Mott MacDonald JV and Laing O’Rourke / Imtech / Barhale.

The new deal was signed at Thames Water’s headquarters in Reading, with Black and Veatch European executive managing director for water Don Stevens, Costain chief executive Andrew Wyllie and Atkins chief executive Nick Roberts present.

Much of the early Thames Water AMP6 investment has been focused on schemes to reduce leakage, flooding and improve energy efficiency.

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