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Engineering firm in link-up with council.

Byline: By Rebekah Ashby

Engineering design company White Young Green has been selected to enter a five-year partnering deal with Durham County Council.

The Newcastle-based business has been chosen to tackle a variety of construction-related projects as part of a strategic partnering contract.

During the appointment, which comes with scope for a two year extension, up to pounds 20m worth of projects may be carried out each year.

White Young Green is part of Wates' Construction's strategic alliance team.

Neil Thomson, director of White Young Green's Newcastle offices, said: "This appointment draws on our substantial public sector experience, and is ideal for our range of multi-disciplinary skills, which enable us quickly to form a balanced overview of the challenges in each new project.

The winning line-up was chosen following a tender procedure, and interviews to eliminate the weaker teams.

Durham's Strategic Alliance is recognised by the government backed Movement for Innovation as a demonstration organisation.

Success and outputs of the partner arrangement will be watched with interest in the construction industry.

David Smailes, who heads up the Wates team in the region, said: "Our performance is to be monitored against tough targets, including faster completion times, defect free handover and increased customer satisfaction.

"We are also required to ensure sustainability of construction and processes, to deliver lower life cycle costs and to optimise use of natural resources and energy.

"I'm confident that we have the right team to deliver."

Also working with White Young Green are Dewjoc, Niven & Niven, R Manners & Sons, Finlay Harrison and M&M Plasline.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 18, 2003
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