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A Contract That Thinks Outside of the (Concrete) Box

Asset Management, Savings and Outperformance alert by Yorkshire Water 'The start of AMP6 meant that many contracts and frameworks were up for renewal, one of which was the Service Reservoir Refurbishment and Repair Contract. Ensuring that the renewed contract delivered the lowest cost and risk to the business was of high priority. The solution to this was to negotiate an extension of the existing contract with Stonbury, with the aim to achieve a significant cost saving against AMP5. A large proportion of work under this contract is Service Reservoir (SRE) roof membrane replacement which is managed and delivered through the collaboration of Asset Planning, Asset Solutions and Stonbury. To achieve a significant cost saving against AMP5 a different way of thinking and true collaboration in setting up the contract was required, aswell as an ongoing focus on this throughout the duration of the contract. The biggest change for AMP6 was moving from a reactive way of working to a more proactive one. This has led to a variety of benefits including bulk buying of materials and logistical savings. The proactive nature of the work and the reputation of Stonbury also allowed for work to be carried out over live tanks which makes operational savings on draining SRE’s and carrying out cleaning. The forward-thinking management of this contract allowed for other savings and efficiencies to be planned in. This includes a freezing of prices for the first three years and a summer discount rate which is extended beyond the summer months. The success of this contract is due to the great working relationship between Stonbury and Yorkshire Water with a focus on a common goal. The collaboration in this contract and the ways in which efficiencies and savings are driven are excellent examples of outperformance. This contract is forecast to achieve up to £2.5m of outperformance.'

Sustainable Water 2018

WWT’s 7th annual Sustainable Water conference was held on Tuesday 18th September at the Birmingham conference centre. Delegates from both Stonbury and Kingcombe Stonbury were pleased to attend the conference, alongside representatives from BASF, who Stonbury shared an exhibition stand with outside of the main hall for delegates to browse through during breaks and across lunchtime. The event was extremely informative and covered a wide range of topics around sustainability and how all involved in the water industry can play a part in securing the environment for future generations. A representative from Defra presented the first lecture who gave an insight into the Governments 25-year plan to improve the environment with the ultimate goal to have zero avoidable plastic waste as a nation by 2042. On the basis that is perceived that ‘a healthy environment promotes a healthy economy’ as part of the initiative, next year will see a campaign under the title ‘#iwill – 2019 year for action for the environment’ of which no doubt more visibility from the Government will become clear over the coming months. More specific topics relating to the water industry were addressed through a number of speeches covering ‘long-term sustainability through partnership working’ to ‘putting sustainability at the heart of decision making’ and ‘preparing to meet the government's expectations – a water industry perspective’ All round the whole day provided a host of information that Stonbury can analyse and use within our collaborative partners to not only ensure we safeguard the nations drinking water supply, but look at what additional benefits we can contribute to the environment and community in the course of our business.

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