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Farrans to support Anglian Water in securing future water resources for East of England


Farrans is one of four construction companies to join Anglian Water as it forms a new Strategic Pipeline Alliance following a competitive procurement process.

Alongside Costain, Jacobs and Mott MacDonald Bentley in a contract worth over £350 million, Farrans will help complete one of the largest strategic water infrastructure projects the UK has ever seen.

The programme forms a key part of Anglian’s Water Resources Management Plan which looks 25 years ahead to manage and secure the water resources by safe-guarding against the potential future impacts of water scarcity, climate change and growth, while protecting the environment.

A vital element of the ambitious plan is to create up to 500km of interconnecting pipes and associated pumping equipment, as well as upgrading existing infrastructure to allow water transfer across Anglian Water’s region. Its single aim is to make the East resilient to the risks of drought by securing water supplies for future generations.

By installing new pipework to better join up the existing water network, the water company will be able to move water more freely around the region in stages, from areas of water surplus in north Lincolnshire down, to the south and east of the region, where it is less readily available.

Pipeline Sector Expertise

David Parr, Procurement Director at Farrans and SPA Board Member, commented:

“Farrans has built our reputation on delivering intelligent pipeline solutions for our Clients through collaboratively mobilising the collective conscious of our people, design partners and supply chain.

“As we wake up to the challenge that we are in a climate change emergency we’re excited to be part of the Strategic Pipeline Alliance – an Alliance that supports growth and provides resilience, whilst also stewarding the water resources of Anglian Water.

“This Alliance brings together the best talent available in the industry in a diverse multi-disciplinary team, providing opportunities for all to develop whilst at the same time building a legacy which will benefit generations to come.



Significant Investment

Strategic Pipeline Alliance Director, James Crompton, said: “The challenges of population growth and a changing climate are felt nowhere more keenly than here in the East of England, which is one of the driest parts of the UK.  Starting this project is a significant part of our planned investment in the region over the next five years, which will begin to tackle those challenges and secure customer supplies well into the future.

“The programme will make it possible to reduce the amount of water taken from the environment, as well as strengthening resilience by reducing the number of homes and businesses which rely on a single water source.

“It will be a complex and challenging major infrastructure development.  It presents an exciting opportunity for these civil engineering, design and construction experts and we’re delighted to have four such prestigious partners on board.”