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AMP7 - Learning from the past - preparing for the future

Lessons learned from AMP6 delivery and procurement will help water companies to plan for and manage AMP7 when the time comes – and with some water companies already putting out AMP7 tenders, now is the time to look at your delivery and procurement processes to see if you could improve the way you choose and work with partners for the next stage of development within the industry.

Time to innovate?

A recent forecast from infrastructure group AECOM suggested that water industry inflation – which has historically been either less than, or in line with, RPI – is likely to rise at a faster rate than CPIH over the next five years. CPIH is a measure of consumer price inflation, which includes an additional measure of owner-occupier housing costs. The measure was re-instated as a statistic by the Office of National Statistics earlier this year. Ofwat’s draft methodology for PR19 proposes that new price controls will be linked to CPIH rather than RPI.

Several factors are likely to influence inflation in the industry over the next few years, including the effects of Brexit, the difficulty in recruiting skilled people into the water industry and potentially higher prices for some core infrastructure materials.

All of this means that water companies will need to be even more innovative, particularly in their procurement planning, in order to be as efficient as possible and reduce risk over the lifetime of the next AMP cycle.

What does this mean for water companies? “Water companies will need to aggressively innovate and more efficiently deliver works in AMP7 since their costs are likely to rise at a faster rate than indexed revenues,” says Edward Day, a Senior Consultant at AECOM on the release of the forecast.

What can you do today?

Find ways to improve your procurement success right now:

  • Use our online measurement tool to see where the gaps are in your current programmes
  • Take our Adaptability Test to see if you have the right people in the right roles
  • Check out the Alliancing Code of Practice – it demonstrates how behavioural change can make complex projects more efficient, and sets out best practice for each stage of an alliance project.

Time to focus on better performance

A better way to project success is to make sure you really understand your needs. This in-depth understanding ensures a smooth procurement process and allows you to get to know your supply chain - and all while instituting behaviours from the very start that promote efficiency, effectiveness and open communication.

This is particularly important on large-scale projects like those which will support AMP7 programmes. You should be looking now at issues that have arisen during AMP6 and identifying what you can learn and how you can do things differently.

Ask yourself:

Where were you on these issues in the past AMP?
And where are you on these terms for the upcoming AMP?

  • Objectives and outcomes are focused and aligned
  • You build on positive alliances with existing suppliers
  • You change behaviours which have impeded projects in the past
  • Contracts are incentivising rather than punitive
  • You review risks and controls on a continual basis
  • Any assessment centre exercise is tailored to you, rather than generally targeted

Hear from senior leaders how they have met some of these challenges head on

Time to Prepare for the Future – and Stop Wasting Time and Money

Clients who were interviewed for our Challenges video are clear that collaboration saves money and time. And that’s not just about doing things a bit more efficiently – big programmes can waste money by having poor procedures and behaviours in place; by switching suppliers rather than managing issues; by not training replacement personnel adequately and by not keeping open channels of communication across all parties – including within the lead company.

You may already be overspending on AMP6 projects, because some of the elements of collaborative behaviour are not in place. Change that for AMP7 by talking to us now. We’ll help you to understand the benefits, and we’ll work with you to convince decision makers that collaboration is the commercially and project-successful way approach to take.

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