Posted: Friday 9th April 2010

The official opening of a new shared office in Shifnal marks the start of a new chapter for Severn Trent Water.

The office, previously owned by Wrekin Construction, is now home to a combined team comprising contractors and Severn Trent staff, all of who are working on water and waste water projects due to be delivered between April 1, 2010 and March 2015.

A total of 90 staff from Severn Trent, Enterprise and Mott MacDonald Bentley are sharing the premises in a new approach to delivering the water company’s five-year programme of new schemes, and repair and replacement projects.

“This co-located, integrated design and build model is unusual in our industry, and gives the supply chain stability,” said Paul Goddard, Seven Trent’s Commercial Manager, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management. “It has also meant, as we announced the contract awards to successful contractors well ahead of the new asset management period that starts on April 1st, that construction work can start from early April.”

Paul added: “We announced the contract awards at least a year ahead of the schedules we’ve used in previous AMPs, which means that we’ve been able to avoid the notorious roller-coaster effect which is so wasteful of time and resources. British Water, for example, estimate this cost to be as much as 2.6% of their total project costs.”

Severn Trent says its new approach is already helping to improve design efficiency, reduce construction costs, improve the links across the supply chain, eliminate waste and drive innovation.

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