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  1. CANAL & RIVER TRUST AGREES NEW CONTRACT FOR MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL WORK

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    6 February 2017

    CANAL & RIVER TRUST AGREES NEW CONTRACT FOR MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL WORK

    The Canal & River Trust has awarded the national contract for all mechanical and electrical (M&E) work on its historic canals and rivers to AMCO Ltd. 

    The contract covers almost 1,000 pieces of engineering essential for keeping the waterways flowing, from swing bridges, powered locks, pumps and level monitors spread across the network to unique structures like Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire, Three Mills Lock in London, and the Tees Barrage.

    Simon Bamford, asset delivery director at Canal & River Trust, said: “The canals were the engineering masterpieces of their day and, while some of the technology has changed over the years, they still require a dedicated team of engineers to look after them.  We’re delighted with the way in which AMCO has understood and reflected our values and we look forward to working with them.  The contract will play a major part in what the Trust is trying to achieve: ensuring that our waterways are kept open and running smoothly and improving customer service." 

    The Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation, Control and Automation Contract (MEICA for short) will cover maintenance, renewal, upgrades and repairs.  It will replace the M&E maintenance and Water & Automation contracts which are currently held by three separate suppliers.  By merging the three current contracts the Trust will benefit from major advantages in terms of improved efficiency and customer service.

    The contract will be for a period of seven years and will start on 1 April 2017 when the existing contracts expire: the intervening period will be used to plan works for next year. 

    AMCO managing director Steve Stiff, commented: “We are extremely proud to have secured the national MEICA contract.  The Canal & River Trust has been a client we have always wanted to work with.  We look forward to establishing a new contract relationship with the Trust and delivering what we believe will be great customer service as well as efficiencies.”

  2. FLOATING BUSINESSES SOUGHT TO CREATE SPLASH IN HACKNEY WICK

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    30 January 2017

    FLOATING BUSINESSES SOUGHT TO CREATE SPLASH IN HACKNEY WICK 

    The Canal & River Trust and London Legacy Development Corporation (Legacy Corporation) are seeking floating businesses to moor up in vibrant Hackney Wick, alongside Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

    As London’s east end waterways continue to grow in popularity, supported by the transformation of the Park, the Trust and the Legacy Corporation want to create new opportunities for boaters and businesses that will make the waterway even more appealing. They are looking for high-quality businesses that will bring something fresh and inspiring to this busy and pleasant area.

    Mike Grimes, head of boating at Canal & River Trust, said:  “This is a great opportunity for boating businesses to bring something a bit different to a really exciting part of our waterways.  Hackney Wick is home to a diverse, creative community.  With Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on its doorstep it’s also a popular place for visitors.  The waterways in this area have been transformed and more people live, work and stroll along them than ever before.   We’re delighted to see more people enjoying the waterways and we want to offer them as wide an opportunity as possible to do so.” 

    The Sweetwater moorings are on the eastern side of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the Lee Navigation opposite the entrance of the Hertford Union Canal.  The two moorings are being offered to boat-based business interested in occupying either one or both of the moorings.  Joint ventures that utilise both moorings will also be considered.  Each mooring is 21 metres long and can accommodate a wide beam craft. In addition to the mooring there is the potential to use the adjacent amphitheatre-type space for activities supporting the business.

    The tender will run from 30 January 2017 to 13 March 2017.  More information can be found here:  https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/business-and-trade/boating-business/tendered-opportunities

    If there are any questions about the tender, please contact: sam.anderson-brown@canalrivertrust.org.uk

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