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Sweco and the Anglian Water @one Alliance

Sweco is proud to be one of the @one Alliance partners within Anglian Water. Alongside Anglian Water’s Asset Delivery team, Balfour Beatty, Barhale, Binnies, Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB), SKANSKA and MWH Treatment, we provide specialist knowledge to deliver complex, multi-disciplinary projects for Anglian Water – with the partnership currently embarking on a huge programme of work valued at £1.2 billion across over 700 projects.

The @one Alliance employs a uniquely collaborative approach, bringing together a wealth of knowledge and experience. Providing best value and challenging then norm, Sweco and its our partners seek – and drive – opportunities for innovation, with a specific focus on carbon reduction.

Across the Alliance, the combined teams all benefit from each other’s experience across a broad range of subject matter expertise. We believe it is a model for how the water industry as a whole should work in order to maximise both established technical excellence and ‘new world’ skill sets such as nature-based solutions and digital-first thinking.

Anglian Water was one of the first utilities to introduce an alliance model to deliver its capital programmes across the East of England. Since the @one Alliance’s inauguration in 2005, the company’s approach has been held up as an exemplar as part of the Government’s Construction Playbook. A key aspect of this continued success has been the embedding of performance incentives around efficiency, carbon, innovation, ED&I and culture.

Jason Tucker, Director of Strategic Delivery and Commercial Assurance for Anglian Water, said: “The opportunity our next five-year regulatory period, AMP8, affords for Anglian Water and the @one Alliance to deliver on our purpose of bringing environmental and social prosperity to the region we serve is unprecedented.

“The scale of investment to enhance our environment and secure water supplies for future generations is massive and I’m delighted that our long-standing and successful @one Alliance will continue to help us deliver our capital investment programme in support of our growing region.”

Lindsey Taylor, Sweco’s Water Director, comments: “The Water sector itself is undergoing a massive transformation, possibly on a scale we will never see again, bringing with it many opportunities. With my passion for and experience in sustainability, innovation, digital and carbon reduction – much of it honed in my time working directly within the @one Alliance as Innovation Lead, I’m excited to drive Sweco’s in-house Water team in pivoting towards these opportunities and growing our business.”

We are hugely excited to continue to work with Anglian Water and its @One Alliance partners throughout AMP8. Having been involved in the Alliance since its inception in 2005, we’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative power of collaboration and partnerships in delivering large capital programmes. As we prepare for the substantial scale of the upcoming AMP, we remain fully committed to supporting Anglian Water in its continued positive transformation for the benefit of its customers, society, and the environment.”

Want to work for the @one Alliance?

As a Sweco difference maker withIn the @one Alliance, you’ll work closely with colleagues from Anglian Water and the other partners to transform society together. You’ll have the unique opportunity to make connections across different companies while still working as part of the same to achieve the same goals and targets. Find out more about current opportunities below.

Ian Hutchinson, Managing Director of Anglian Water’s @one Alliance, said: “Alliancing in this way allows partners to reimagine traditional ways of working by encouraging innovative thinking, advancement of new technology, and collaborative working between partners. This flexibility means that the @one Alliance plays a crucial role in enabling Anglian Water to deliver large-scale investments to build its region’s resilience against climate change.

“By combining the @one Alliance’s partners’ years of investing in innovation and efficient delivery, we’ve been able to decrease the total cost of our proposed AMP8 plans from £10bn to £9bn, a 10% reduction. We’ve already seen how successful and powerful a truly integrated and collaborative alliancing approach can be. That’s why we’re delighted to welcome back our much-valued partners, along with Binnies this AMP, to support us in delivering this much-needed investment for our region.”

At Sweco, and across the @one Alliance, the client is at the heart of what we do, and collaboration is the default setting for how we do it. By being closer to our Anglian Water client – both physically across creative and technical engineering hubs and in our vision for a better way of delivering value for the end user – we’re able to shape designs right from the planning stage, throughout the whole AMP lifecycle.

An open and honest culture, clarity of goals and agility along project timelines are all only possible thanks to the ‘together’ in our ‘Transforming society together’ mission, and we’re passionate about passing on the unique perspectives built up in our @one journey so far to help all water companies in the same way. Contact us below to find out how you could benefit from ‘Alliance’ thinking.



@one Alliance project snapshot

An innovative, collaborative pathfinder project that is bringing together industry-leading expertise from Sweco and Mott Macdonald is aiming to help Anglian Water’s @one Alliance in developing a greater understanding of the challenges, opportunities and co-benefits of delivering sustainable, catchment scale solutions.

The project will also identify the organisational capabilities, partners and suppliers that are required to successfully deliver such solutions. If this new way of working proves viable and delivers benefit, Anglian Water’s @one Alliance want to be capable of delivering it at the onset of Asset Management Period 8 (AMP8 cycle) in April 2025 – the very purpose of AMP periods, set by industry regulator Ofwat, is to increase efficiency and service levels within the sector.

As the largest water and water recycling company in England and Wales by geographic area, Anglian Water wants to ensure that it delivers the best and sustainable service to their seven million customers.

The pathfinder project will comprise of a desk-top study and will be delivered in a series of sprints and workshops to analyse solution options and make decisions. Sweco will provide expertise from across the business to support throughout the project

The catchment scale, nature-based solution feasibility study and organisational capability study concluded in April 2024.