Barhale signs £62m Severn Trent Water resilience contract

Barhale plc has recently been awarded a multi-million pound contract by Severn Trent Water to deliver three tunnelling projects and one pipeline project on the Elan Valley Aqueduct.

The win follows the recent signing of the AMP 6 Infrastructure contract extension. The project will be delivered by the BNM Alliance, Barhale’s newly-formed joint venture with North Midland Construction Plc.

The project will see the purchase of a new Earth Pressure Balanced tunnel boring machine (TBM) supplied by Herrenknecht, to deal with rock strengths up to 190mpa and 10bar of external water pressure.

The contract forms part of Severn Trent’s overall Strategic Resilience Plan to secure Birmingham’s water supply for the next century which was approved by the regulator, Ofwat, in the Final Determination published last December.

Severn Trent’s Strategic Grid Team, working closely with feasibility consultant Atkins Arup, tendered the four projects in record-breaking time to ensure that the ODI obligation date can be met for the first project of March 2017.

The team will now co-locate at Barhale’s Walsall office in order to achieve the on-site start date of October and take delivery of the new TBM early in 2016.

Liv Garfield, CEO of Severn Trent Water, and Andy Flowerday, Managing Director of Barhale, signed the contract at a launch for the major AMP6 project at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in London, accompanied by senior members of the BNM Alliance and Colin Church of Severn Trent Water.

Liv Garfield commented:

“This is a fantastic achievement for our One Supply Chain and demonstrates how they can deliver with pace for the benefit of our customers and our company.”