Joint venture sees Newry firm secure £30m GB water infrastructure project

Caroline McKeown of Ulster Bank pictured with Andrew Lambe, contracts manager at Terra Solutions
Caroline McKeown of Ulster Bank pictured with Andrew Lambe, contracts manager at Terra Solutions

A specialist Newry-based civil engineering contractor has secured a new contract to deliver Southern Water’s sewer rehabilitation project in Thanet, south-east England – a major infrastructure project valued at over £30 million.

Terra Solutions Limited, which has been trading since 2008, has entered into a new joint venture – TPMD.

Made up of Terra Solutions, Pfeiffer GmbH and Matt Durbin Associates, TPMD will deliver phase two of Southern Water’s Thanet Sewer Rehabilitation Project which aims to repair and reline the century-old network.

The Ulster Bank-supported company began work on the contract in July this year. Relining works are due to commence in the coming weeks with the contract anticipated to complete in spring 2020.

Terra Solutions Limited is receiving additional support from Lombard, providers of asset finance, to fund the development of specialised lining equipment to fulfil the contract.

“We’re investing heavily in our Sewer Rehabilitation Lining Division as more and more contracts necessitate the latest techniques and technological advances,” said Terra Solutions MD Barry McAllister.

“We’re now a registered Thames Water Framework Contractor too, an important status to hold as we continue to grow our presence in southern England.

“We’ve worked closely with Ulster Bank over the past decade, and they have provided us with the working capital that has enabled us to successfully tender for and deliver major contracts throughout the UK and Ireland. Our latest contract with Southern Water incurs substantial turnover in a short period – around 18 months. The working capital allows us to invest in the right facilities, equipment and people to successfully deliver the contract.”

Caroline McKeown, business manager for NI commercial banking at Ulster Bank, said “Terra Solutions has established itself as a leading-edge specialist contractor with a proven track record for delivering large-scale infrastructure and rehabilitation projects. Ulster Bank is pleased to support the company to deliver its latest contract with Southern Water, one of many substantial public and private sector projects we have provided working capital for in recent years.”

Earlier this year, Terra Solutions Limited also won a €3m contract with Dublin City Council and Irish Water to deliver the Liffey Siphons Rehabilitation Project.