JCP News | Thames Water Announces £1BN Infrastructure Alliance

Thames Water announces £1bn infrastructure alliance

And sets a new record for procurement processing at the same time.

Hot on the heels of Thames Water’s eight20 alliance, the company has continued the collaborative approach with a further alliance which brings all its operational activity together. And, as with the eight2O alliance, the company has once again found this the best route to significantly shortening the procurement process.

Thames Water's two alliances will decide the most efficient delivery routes for their infrastructure projects. Once again, JCP were integral to the development of the framework and together with the client, they worked through an intense period of assessment which focused on challenges to delivery, customer and stakeholder management, and commercial issues, as well as the important touch-points for change management and HSSE in each organisation.

The process also involved a number of innovative elements, which enabled Thames Water to have sight of greater behavioural data and ensure closer alignment with its proposed partners.

Part of the process involved an extremely intense 3 day selection workshop. Simon Moran, JCP associate, led the workshop. "Knowing the pressure and impact this alliance would need to make, we deliberately fashioned a workshop that would replicate a similar working environment. We assessed 56 people during both day and evening activities, with few breaks. This experience really gave Thames Water a feel for how the bidders and senior members of their team would behave and operate whilst in a period of high stress. It most certainly was a high impact process."

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JCP specialise in helping major clients, contractors and their supply chains realise the benefits of reduced cost, speedier delivery, increased profit and improved relationships from working collaboratively with each other. They have a 91% success rate in helping clients win work. The company has worked with leading names including Network Rail, National Grid, Highways Agency, Welsh Water, London Underground and Thames Water and with Central Government including DfT, BIS, and HMT Infrastructure UK.

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