Project Description

Client: Thames Water Utilities
Start Date: June 2010
Finish Date: December 2012
Duration: 5 years
Value:  £20m per annum
Location: Entire Thames Water Operating Area

Following six years of good performance by both Cappagh Contractors and J Browne Construction on the Lot 7 Small Network Contracts framework agreement for Thames Water, Cappagh Browne, were awarded the Lot C1.2 Wastewater Repairs and Maintenance term contract following Thames Water’s detailed and lengthy AMP5 procurement programme. The award was for all five of Thames Water’s operational areas; Thames Valley, North Central, North East, South Central and South East.

thameswater2The Lot C1.2 contract involved wastewater repairs and maintenance work such as the repair and replacement of broken manhole covers, repairing collapsed sewers and burst rising mains and carrying out various elements of ancillary maintenance.

The works were issued to us on an emergency and planned basis with each job given an appropriate priority dependent on the nature of the work, which could range from a two hour response to a response in more than 14 days. We usually employed over 60 wastewater teams and undertook over 15,000 jobs per annum.

We were responsible for the planning / scheduling of all works, pre-inspection / enabling, liaising with Highway Authorities and other stakeholders such as the emergency services, local businesses and residents, raising streetworks notices / permits, arranging parking bay suspensions, road closures and TfL shut-outs, identifying and organising traffic management requirements, backfilling and reinstatement and recording relevant asset data.

We used a photo management system to capture and store digital images of various stages of our works. This enabled us to record the actual works we had undertaken but, perhaps more importantly, to record the condition of the site when we arrived and the condition of the site when we left to protect us and the client against potential charges from Highway Authorities for alleged defects, Section 74 overruns and/or damage to the existing footway or carriageway.