• 1 August 2015

Building a Framework for Success

Public sector frameworks and long term partnerships continue to be a major part of Waterman’s business as we seek to build on our success and reputation in the sector. Longstanding partnerships within the public sector built up over the last 20 years have proved to be crucial to the significant extensions of major frameworks we have recently secured in our portfolio.

Our Infrastructure & Environmental business continues to build its presence in the sector through a number framework extensions and new appointments combined with a series of strategic appointments to strengthen our teams for further growth.

Our specialist secondment business, Waterman Aspen, has gone from strength to strength increasing its headcount by 33% in the last 12 months through strong performance on major local
authority frameworks.

At the heart of London Borough of Bexley’s vision
Our longstanding partnership with London Borough of Bexley goes back to 1996 and plays an important part of the Borough’s growth strategy for economic, environmental and social regeneration.

The four year framework is worth up to £1.5m a year to Waterman and it was earlier this year extended to include traffic and transportation engineering services in addition to the current scope of civil, highway, bridgeworks, drainage, health and safety and staff secondment.

Following on from previous successful frameworks with Merseytravel, our team has been appointed for a further four years of services across rail, civil & structural, transport, highways infrastructure and business case development. The framework can also be used by the constituent councils of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Crawley Borough Council
This prestigious framework is a two year extension of three partnering contracts with Crawley that will see our teams provide civil engineering, flood alleviation, drainage and structural engineering services. This is a continued collaboration with the Council to achieve the aims and objectives of their Sustainable Community Strategy.

A Collaborative Approach

Our commitment to working collaboratively has continued to help secure further opportunities on future bids and frameworks.

Midlands Highways Alliance (MHA)
We are delighted to have been re-awarded a £30m Professional Services Partnership (PSP) contract in partnership with AECOM to deliver multidisciplinary professional design services. The framework is a three-year contract, with the option to be extended by an additional year.
The previous PSP contract achieved more than £2.7m in savings for the MHA member councils. The MHA framework is now in its 7th year and has expanded to serve 20 local authorities, representing 15% of all UK highways authorities. Demand for our services remains strong and we have record numbers of seconded staff working within these authorities to deliver schemes that will benefit communities across the region.

West Midlands Highways Alliance
The West Midlands Highways Alliance was awarded in 2013 to an Atkins/Waterman partnership and we now supply more than 80 staff to three local authorities, with a fee value of £4m per annum. We also support Atkins in delivering the Hampshire County Council Strategic Partner Contract, and we have in excess 30 staff seconded to the County Council. This initial four year contract awarded in April 2014 has the potential to be extended to 2022.

Building for the Future

Our ambition is to continue to pursue public sector frameworks as part of our strategy to maintain workload over a diverse range of markets. As part of our growth strategy in the sector, our Infrastructure and Environment Business recently appointed a new Director of National Frameworks, Ajaz Chaudhri. Ajaz is responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of frameworks across the UK, drawing on his 30 years of experience working across the infrastructure sector, covering the highways planning and engineering disciplines for both public and private sector clients.

Neil Humphrey, Chief Operating Officer, Infrastructure & Environment commented; “Waterman’s commitment to the public sector remains as strong as ever and our recent successful appointments and extensions to existing commissions are testament to the dedication of our staff and our core values of working in partnership with our clients to achieve successful and sustainable outcomes.”

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