Stonbury are immensely proud to be supporting our clients across the UK at such a crucial time and have been designated as 'key workers' by DEFRA and the UK water utility companies. Our teams are working tirelessly to help secure and maintain drinking water supplies, ensuring clean and safe drinking water is provided without interruption to critical services such as our hospitals as well as the general public. Now more than ever, the safety and wellbeing of our staff is of the utmost importance and we have adapted our safe working practices to ensure social distancing precautions are in place and that the correct hygiene practices are being followed. Safety is our priority, and we endeavour to make sure everyone at Stonbury goes home safe to their family.
Stonbury have a long history with SEW, having carried out their reservoir cleaning contract for many years, alongside other major refurbishment schemes secured under individual tender. In 2013 both refurbishment and cleaning contracts were combined, where Stonbury secured the position as reserve contractor on the Framework.
After 5 years as reserve contractor, Stonbury are incredibly pleased to have been awarded the position as main contractor within the Framework, running for an initial 5-year term from 2018 to 2023, with a 3-year option to extend to 8 years. The long-term strategy will allow both parties the opportunity to develop a new and fresh working relationship in meeting SEW’s challenging programme over the coming years.
The Framework covers ‘all activities necessary for the cleaning, inspection, repair and maintenance of water retaining structures associated with SEW’s vessel maintenance and cleaning programme’ where Stonbury excel with 14 similar Frameworks with water companies across the UK.
Jon Perryman, Stonbury Delivery Director responsible for the SEW Framework, comments “the Framework delivery model is ideal for both client and supplier and enables a long-term approach to providing service, in the first instance, but more importantly developing service levels through collaboration, cooperation and collective decision making. We are incredibly excited to be able to share our extensive knowledge of the challenges all our Framework clients face, delivering clean potable water to the public, that we have built up over decades and to ultimately become an added value partner to yet another very important Framework client.
Stonbury bring further skill sets and expertise to all relationships with our clients from design, optioneering processes, budgeting, planning, programming and of course construction services across the full supply network within the water sector and this inevitably ensures our clients ultimate goal.”
Currently located from an office in Aldershot to service their Frameworks with Thames Water, Portsmouth Water and Sutton and East Surrey Water, the award of the SEW contract has reinforced further investment in the South East. Stonbury are currently refining searches for a new regional office to operate from, which will offer full client access to hotdesking and meeting capacity. South East Water have also offered hotdesking facilities from their Head Office in Snodland for such interaction and collective working, anticipated to bring huge benefits to the delivery model.
The Framework mobilisation process is currently in progress, with delivery personal from the collective teams completing initial inaugural meetings to outline aspirations for the contract. Response has already been incredibly positive, confirming the strong ethos between Stonbury and SEW and making for a successful and exciting relationship.