In 2023, Uisce Éireann (Irish Water) procured the Project Management Office (PMO) five-year supplier framework. This aims to support project management on a range of capital projects across the water and wastewater network in Ireland. Our client won lots 1, 2 and 3 of the framework.

The opportunity

The PMO framework forms part of of Uisce Éireann’s Capital Improvements Plan. Our client decided to bid for three lots of the PMO framework, which included Detailed Design Services, Site Supervision and Technical Project Management. As the government is committed to decarbonisation, this contract will involve managing water projects to enable future growth, while also achieving carbon neutrality across the country’s water infrastructure. This is crucial for ensuring sustainable water resources for present and future generations.

EiB approach and involvement

We provided the expertise of Bid Director, Gordon Wilson, for this client. Gordon took the lead in storyboard sessions and multiple stage gate reviews. His approach to reviewing involved constructively challenging the client on the details of their solution and strategy, by offering suggestions for how they could continually improve and refine the quality submission to meet Uisce Éireann’s needs.

Gordon seamlessly worked with the client bid team, adapting to their processes and organisation culture to optimise collaboration. Building strong relationships with the client and offering strategic support and advice resulted in producing three high-quality bids, which responded to Uisce Éireann’s aims and objectives, whilst being cognisant to the wider impact on Ireland’s services.

Success and outcomes

Following appointment of our client as a strategic partner to deliver PMO services, they will deliver a range of capital works projects up until 2028. These services will help support delivery of the Capital Investment Plan, achieving carbon neutrality in their wastewater and water management infrastructure and building capacity for future growth.