New Forest District Council had identified a localised area where old galvanised water pipework had begun to fail and subsequently effect the supply and quality of water for a number of residents.

New Forest District Council, having identified the pipework issue decided that the best course of action would be to undertake replacement of the existing mains using MDPE pipework. In making this decision, New Forest District Council prepared a tender compliant with Local Authority Financial Regulations and OJEU requirements to undertake the replacement of 44 water mains to named properties within their estate, complete with associated plumbing / pipework alterations as necessary.

New Forest District Council’s resultant tender documents where to provide a fixed fee quotation for investigation, trace and replacement of the 44 water mains within a set timescale and this was offered, compliant to legislation as an open tender.

Rescue Rod Group prepared a detailed submission with supporting evidence around commercial stability with strong credentials around Health, Safety and Environmental issues. The tender was well received and scoring across New Forest District Council’s evaluation criteria ranked Rescue Rod Group as number one, winning the works.

Subsequently, Rescue Rod Group, with its water trading division, Dorset County Water mobilised and delivered an effective and efficient service replacing all of the required mains. In addition, the rates upon which the initial tender was attained have allowed Rescue Rod Group and New Forest District Council to continue to work on ad-hoc works for individual and smaller projects.