Morgan Sindall-led joint venture chosen for £400 million Thames Water scheme

Morgan Sindall’s infrastructure services business Morgan Est, working alongside VINCI Construction Grands Projets and Bachy Soletanche as part of joint venture company MVB, has been chosen to deliver the Lee Tunnel for Thames Water.

The appointment follows MVB being selected as preferred bidder for the five-year project, which is worth over £400 million, in December 2009.

The scheme involves the construction of a seven-metre internal diameter storage transfer tunnel, approximately 6,900 metres long, from Abbey Mills Pumping Station to Beckton Sewage Treatment Works. Work will also include the construction of two, 25-metre internal diameter shafts and one 20-metre shaft (two at Beckton and one at Abbey Mills) and a 38-metre diameter off-line Tideway Pumping Station Shaft.

Work will start in April 2010 and will help Britain comply with the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive set by the European Union.

“This is an excellent win for our infrastructure services division and builds on our relationship with Thames Water,” says Paul Smith, chief executive of Morgan Sindall plc. “The appointment underlines the strength and expertise which Morgan Est has in tunneling – an area where we have a market-leading position.”