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Atkins/RPS joint venture wins major contract with Scottish Water

22 February 2016

Atkins/RPS joint venture wins major contract with Scottish Water

Scottish Water has appointed ARC, the Atkins and RPS Consultancy joint venture, along with one other partnership, onto its technical consultancy support contract. The contract is worth an estimated £120 million to the two partnerships between now and 2021 and will run throughout the current Scottish Water SR15 business plan period (2015-2021) with a potential extension up to 2027.

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Scottish Water wants to ensure all its customers can enjoy the benefits of continuous high quality drinking water through greater service resilience and that waste water is collected and safely returned to the environment. ARC, working with one other consortia, will deliver a variety of technical consultancy services associated with water and wastewater assets to help ensure this. The work is diverse and will call upon a range of technical expertise and skills including modelling and identification of water and wastewater service related performance improvement requirements; the development of traditional and innovative asset and operational based solutions; feasibility studies; investment appraisals; and the design and development of solutions.

Paul Aitken, Chief Operating Officer of ARC, said: “Our mission is to support Scottish Water improve its service to customers and communities across Scotland by promoting more effective, resilient and efficient asset and operational solutions. Our ‘Strategy to Operations’ delivery model will provide an exceptional platform for effective totex-driven decision making”.

Richard Whale, Client Director, Atkins, said: “The direction that Scottish Water wants to take up to 2021 is clear – to continue to provide the people of Scotland with high quality drinking water and to protect and enhance the environment. Our appointment to the framework will be instrumental to this and will call upon a vast range of our expertise from across our respective companies from Modellers to Project Managers. With decades of experience of working for water utility companies and with a team who are in their element mastering complexity, we will be able to work with Scottish Water to provide forward-thinking practical solutions that deliver lasting value.”

Both Atkins and RPS have a long established working relationship with Scottish Water, having worked together throughout the 2006 to 2010 investment periods. The partnership between the two companies provides a far ranging set of complementary skills and expertise and a resource pool based in Scotland that is committed to delivering for Scottish Water.

Atkins plays a key role in delivering technical consultancy services for water and sewerage companies across the UK and abroad. Services include planning, feasibility, design, procurement and construction supervision. Atkins employs 8,900 staff across the UK including 1,500 staff working in its Water, Ground and Environment division.

RPS has worked with Scottish Water for over 15 years providing services including technical consultancy, operational support and infrastructure design. It has supported Scottish Water in meeting and surpassing regulatory and business targets in critical areas such as drinking water quality, flooding, leakage and interruptions to supply. RPS employs over 900 staff across its UK Water Division.

Notes to editors:

Atkins ( is one of the world's most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing some 18,000 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. We build long term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. You can view Atkins’ recent projects on our website.

RPS is an international consultancy providing advice upon the development of natural resources, land and property the management of the environment and the health and safety of people. It is the leading provider of professional and field based support services to the Water Industry.

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Lucky 13 Raising £17,000 for Cancer Care

04 February 2016

Lucky 13 Raising £17,000 for Cancer Care

Lucky number 13 holds a special significance for British Road Racing star Lee Johnston – not only is it his race number but it is also the number for the campaign he has set up with friend Stephen Henderson to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Lee Johnston, Stephen Henderson and Grace Smyth (Head of Fundraising for Marie Curie NI).

Both Lee and RPS Marketing Manager Stephen saw parents being diagnosed with cancer last year. “One of the worst feelings in this world is not being able to help people close to your heart” explains Lee and as Stephen goes onto say “For that reason alone we are starting this campaign to raise awareness and funds for Marie Curie, as the sad fact is – nearly everyone is close to someone with cancer”.

The campaign, named F13K Cancer was started last year with a target fundraising achievement of £13,000 – a chance to help give something back to and help continue the ongoing dedicated work of Marie Curie Cancer Care. At the end of 2015 the campaign had raised almost £20,000 and after a small donation during the year both Lee and Stephen were very proud to present Marie Curie with a cheque for £17,000 at Marie Curie Hospice on 29th January (shown on BBC Northern Ireland, Setanta Sports Irl and Eurosports).

Whilst incorporating Lee’s racing number, the campaign’s logo also helps to build a positive spur from the helplessness we feel when confronted by cancer – “When I think of cancer it’s the first thing I say” says Lee “It’s a defiant declaration that we are standing up to it!”

Stephen developed the campaign’s very popular social media campaign and mid January 2016 launched its own dedicated Twitter account – within 10 days of its launch it had 1800 followers and over 400,000 views. Additionally to managing the Twitter account, Stephen created the F13K Cancer website, produced all the graphics and press releases required for the campaign.

Lee’s fellow road racers including engineering mad and TV personality Guy Martin have donated helmets for auction throughout the 2015 racing season with all proceeds going to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Logo t-shirts and mobile ‘phone cases are also sold through the campaign’s website, in partnership with manufacturing suppliers.

The campaign now has a following of over 100,000 across various social media services, with the largest user figures recorded during last year’s Isle of Man TT race reaching in excess of one million views over the two-week race period. The Isle of Man TT has subsequently given a marquee and talk-show spot for the campaign and in 2016 F13K Cancer will also have a fundraising night at the Ulster Grand Prix. With an amazing start to the year, several large events have now signed to have F13K as charity partners in Northern Ireland and England, which could return tens of thousands for the campaign in 2016.

The biking community has taken the charity to heart and the logo and name have successfully attracted more overt attention from social groups where outward support for Marie Curie’s daffodil emblem has been historically muted. Such positive uptake means that Marie Curie is now formally backing the campaign including handling funds raised, press engagements and site volunteers at events.

F13K Cancer aims to raise at least £50,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care over the course of 2016.