Technical advisors on notice for Haweswater DPC

United Utilities has issued a periodic indicative notice of its plans to appoint an independent technical advisor to oversee its Direct Procurement for Customers (DPC) project.

The utility is seeking technical advisors to support its delivery of the £1bn Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Programme (HARP), which is being procured as the first scheme under regulator Ofwat’s DPC regime.

Ofwat requires the appointment of an independent technical advisor as part of the DPC process, a United Utilities said it sees the advisor role as “crucial to ensure objective, independent oversight of costs that may be passed on to customers and to provide robust scrutiny” of the management of costs and delivery.

A contract notice triggering the race for the technical advisor role is expected to be published in July next year. To see the periodic indicative notice, click here.

United Utilities is currently in the process of procuring the HARP scheme, with a shortlist of bidders expected shortly.