With £5bn additional government funding and a clear pipeline of over 500 infrastructure projects and programmes worth £250bn, this affirms the Government’s backing for infrastructure as an enabler of economic growth.
As leading advisers to the public and private sector we advise on projects across the range of sectors, helping our clients to deliver nationally significant infrastructure around the UK. More than just specialists in any field of law, our people are commercially aware lawyers who pride themselves on working closely with clients as part of their team delivering the country’s infrastructure for the future. Our experienced Team regularly advises clients from both the private and public sector on projects covering a diverse range of sectors, including roads and highways, waste management and energy recovery, utility infrastructure, telecommunications and water.
Project managing complex transactions
We advised Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Councils on their joint procurement of a 25 year, £750 million waste management PFI contract. Involving joint working between three authorities in dialogue with a consortium of contractors and funders to agree over a hundred project documents, this role demanded lawyers with the ability to project manage one of the most complex procurements of its kind. The project involves the delivery of waste and renewable energy infrastructure including waste transfer stations, anaerobic digestion facilities and pre-treatment facilities producing solid recovered fuel for delivery to a purpose built multi-fuel power station.
The Walker Morris Team was drawn from disciplines across the firm and worked as part of the client’s project team, guiding them through every step of the process to conclude one of the largest waste management contracts in recent years.
Supporting you as a trusted adviser
Walker Morris advised Arla Foods on Europe’s largest purpose built dairy facility at Aylesbury. This involved advising on contracts for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the facility which included a dedicated energy management centre, and negotiating the utility provision contracts for gas, electricity and water connections. Our close and trusted relationship with the client’s in-house team of lawyer, project manager and consultants was key to delivering this complex project on time.
Walker Morris advised Hampshire County Council on its project to bring superfast broadband to residents and businesses in rural Hampshire. A Team of specialist IT, procurement and projects lawyers provided the expertise to advise the Council on the delivery of this project using existing broadband infrastructure and contracts. By calling on a mix of expertise from across the firm Walker Morris was able to create value for the Hampshire Broadband Programme, which is anticipated to deliver faster broadband throughout rural Hampshire within three years.
We advised the Oil and Pipelines Agency in relation to the award of a £60 million operation and maintenance contract for the Government Pipeline Storage System. This is the largest onshore refined oil pipeline network in the UK, with 2,000 km of pipeline connecting refineries and ocean terminals to storage depots, military airfields and airports. It supplies the majority of the aviation fuel for the military and provides around 48% of the UK’s aviation fuel needs. The contract was awarded for a three year period, with the option to extend to up to two more years, and the contractor is responsible for asset management and capital project delivery in addition to operations and maintenance of the entire network.
"Walker Morris have been a key part of our Project Team thought the tendering and procurement. Right from the start, Walker Morris engaged with the Arla Team and built up a strong working relationship and detailed understanding of Arla’s business and the requirements for this project. This high level of integration and knowledge of Arla’s objectives ensured this stage of a very complex project was completed completely to our requirements and within time."