Jobs created as Lanes wins Northumbrian Water contract

Lanes Group plc has created 12 new jobs after winning a major contract to clean wet wells for Northumbrian Water.

The drainage and utility solutions specialist has opened a new utility hub at its depot in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, to deliver the planned and reactive maintenance work.

The three-year contract, with an optional two-year extension, went live in January, with Lanes investing £1 million in advanced specialist equipment to carry out the work.

Roland Leslie, General Manager at Lanes Utilities, said: “We are very pleased that Northumbrian Water has put its trust in us to carry out this vital sewer and water treatment centre maintenance work.

“Our teams will be cleaning wet wells and carrying out associated work, including asset condition surveys, across the Northumbrian Water region, delivering a highly responsive, safe, and high-quality service on behalf of its customers.”

Lanes has been appointed as the primary supplier for an area covering Teesside and Teesdale, as well as Bran Sands treatment works. It is the secondary supplier in all five other contract areas.

In terms of value, the company will be responsible for delivering 60% of the entire Northumbrian Water wet well cleaning contract.

Lanes has purchased a new DISAB high volume vacuumation unit, three 18,000 litre articulated vacuum tankers, and two 12,000 litre tankers to carry out the work.

Roland Leslie said: “Having the DISAB was essential because Northumbrian Water has a high proportion of deep wet wells, some running to a depth of 60 metres.

“We will be prepared for any wet well cleaning challenge we face, and can also draw on the expertise and resources that come with being the UK’s largest independent drainage specialist.”

The contract is one of several awarded to Lanes in recent months. Drainage and wastewater maintenance contracts have also been won with Cambridgeshire Police, Wigan Council, Durham Council, and Anglian Water.

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