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  • by Trevor Loveday

Portsmouth invites tenders for Havant reservoir project contracts totalling £140m


Portsmouth Water has issued notices for contracts with a total value of some £140m for the the main reservoir and associated pipeline for its Havant Thicket Reservoir along with a framework for future works.


Chief executive at Portsmouth Water, Bob Taylor (pictured), said he was particularly keen to hear from firms “who can bring innovative thinking to the project, positively support our communities through construction and minimse our impact on the environment.”

The planned 8,700 Ml reservoir project is a collaboration between Portsmouth Water and Southern Water to secure “critical water supplies for the South East, an area under serious water stress.” The reservoir will be filled in the winter from surplus water pumped from the Bedhampton springs in Havant to supply up to 21 Ml of water a day. Portsmouth said the reservoir will also help protect environmentally sensitive chalk streams.

Taylor said: the reservoir was a “critical water resources scheme and a unique opportunity for innovative contractors to play a part in safeguarding our region’s water resources and benefitting the natural environment for decades to come.”


Planning permissions for the reservoir and an associated pipeline are expected in spring 2021 according to Portsmouth. The reservoir is scheduled to be operational by 2029.

Both works packages are being procured under the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016, using the negotiated procedure, with prior call for competition. Both will be let under an NEC4 ECC Option C Target Contract, with activity schedule.

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