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Commercial consultancy

Understand efficient project delivery costs.

Our commercial services via our group company Aqua Consultants, enable you to understand the efficient cost for delivering a project, programme, or portfolio. We then assure the efficient delivery of outcomes from procurement, through delivery to completion utilising a combination of cost intelligence insights, our industry expertise and best practice frameworks and toolkits.

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Features and outputs

  • Developing and delivering procurement and contract strategy.
  • Contract administration to deliver project objectives.
  • Utilising our sector knowledge, data, and expertise to provide cost certainty and benchmark performance.
  • Implementing best practice frameworks, people, and processes to deliver the outcomes expected of your project, programme, or portfolio.
  • Cost estimation and planning throughout the project lifecycle.

Procurement and contracts strategy

We understand the complexities, risks, and opportunities of procuring major programmes of work. We work with our clients to form the strategy, ensuring alignment to corporate objectives. Utilising our expertise across both procurement and delivery, we can then lead or support the execution of the strategy, driving value from the procurement exercise and developing contracts that retain this value post award.

We have developed best practice models for procurement and contract selection in the water and energy sectors which enables clients to select the appropriate mix of contract delivery partners in an incentivised environment that encourages the desired behaviours and outcomes.

Commercial and contract management

We can provide best practice toolkits combined with commercial and contract expertise to ensure that your project or programme is delivered in line with the contract, minimising risk exposure and ensuring the outcomes expected from the investment are realised.

Cost intelligence and benchmarking

We have the expertise to create or enhance Cost Intelligence functions for our clients, from developing the vision to executing the strategy. We can develop or assure Cost Intelligence processes and procedures, embed, and maintain Cost Intelligence software solutions and work with your existing team to enhance the capability and maturity of the Cost Intelligence function.

As recognised experts in cost benchmarking, we can provide independent insight and assurance to provide our clients with the confidence that the costs associated with their planned investments represent value for money.

Portfolio / programme / project management

We utilise best practice frameworks for portfolio management which ensure alignment between objectives and outcomes at a macro level. We can design and execute portfolio, programme or project management offices and structures tailored to our client’s needs, ensuring that the appropriate level of resource, supported by processes, procedures, and technology, are in place to deliver the expected investment outcomes.

Cost estimation and planning

We are recognised as industry experts in determining the “should-cost” for asset investments across water and energy sectors. Utilising our sector-specific approach we provide cost estimation and assurance to the appropriate level of granularity at each key stage. Whether it is in support of business planning, concept optioneering, outline design or contract award, we have the cost intelligence and expertise to provide assurance for your project or programme.

Aqua Consultants supported our business on a number of change initiatives including the need/scope/cost challenge initiative. The approach that Aqua Consultants Brought was challenging, pragmatic and professional, regularly displaying sensitivity and common sense. This work delivered tangible business benefits for us and I would recommend Aqua Consultants for this type of work based upon my experience.

Head of Programme Services, United Utilities

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