Belfast Telegraph

Contracts worth £240m awarded to three firms by NI Water

From left: Tony Budde and Ivan Jackson, NI Water; Joseph McHugh, RSC Group; Vincent O’Neill, Meridian; Des Nevin, NI Water; Peter McAllister, McAllister Bros; Jane Mellor, NI Water; Barry Smyth, Meridian, and Sylvia McCay, RSC Group
From left: Tony Budde and Ivan Jackson, NI Water; Joseph McHugh, RSC Group; Vincent O’Neill, Meridian; Des Nevin, NI Water; Peter McAllister, McAllister Bros; Jane Mellor, NI Water; Barry Smyth, Meridian, and Sylvia McCay, RSC Group

By Mark McConville

Three businesses have been awarded contracts valued at up to £240m by NI Water.

Meridian Utilities Ltd, McAllister Bros Ltd and Road Safety Contracts Ltd were awarded the work deals after a "rigorous" tender process.

Meridian Utilities Ltd, a joint venture entity made up of Morrow Contracts Ltd, Mills Contracts Ltd and T O'Connell & Sons, will support NI Water through a £184m water and waste water networks services contract, providing a range of water and sewerage services.

The work by the company, based in Belfast and with offices in Dungiven and Omagh, will include sewer and water main repairs and maintenance, leakage repairs, street furniture maintenance and minor water and sewerage infrastructure improvements.

McAllister Bros Ltd, headquartered in Newry, with offices in London, Belfast, Eglinton and Horton, will provide NI Water with strategic support in the delivery of sewer network maintenance, including clearing of sewer blockages, cleaning of sewer networks and CCTV surveys with an estimated value of £43m.

The McAllister Group of companies employs over 130 staff and operates a fleet of over 95 vehicles across its Ireland and Great Britain divisions.

Road Safety Contracts (RSC Group) operates in the waste management, environmental maintenance and road marking sectors. With a contract to the value of approximately £13m, it will support NI Water by desludging septic tanks for those customers not connected to the sewer network.

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Jane Mellor, head of procurement at NI Water, said: "I am delighted that NI Water is awarding such a high value contract to three local businesses.

"The contract supports NI Water in meeting its strategic priorities by providing repair and maintenance services to our extensive network of water mains and sewers.

"Day in, day out, every single night and day of the year, no matter the weather, the successful contractors will work closely with NI Water to make sure high quality drinking water comes out of everyone's taps and that sewage is safely taken away from our homes, businesses and public buildings."

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