United Utilities have awarded two Joint ventures with contracts to repair, maintain, and build new water & sewage treatment works throughout the North West, from Cumbria in the North to Cheshire.

Woodford Plastics has been assessed and has been nominate as an approved contractor with the GCA Joint Venture. The joint venture is made up of Gallifirdtry Construction, Costain, and Atkins.

United Utilities will be investing an estimated £2.9 Billion during the five year period 2005 - 2010 maintaining and operating:-

  • 192 Reservoirs
  • 453 Service reservoirs and water towers
  • 40,000mn of water mains
  • 1,200km of aqueducts
  • 137 Water treatment works
  • 40,000km of sewers
  • 599 Wastewater treatment works

The GCA joint venture is expected to deliver an estimated £900 million of water and waste water infrastructure works throughout the North West during the next five years




A UK Nuclear Power Station is set to save tens of millions of pounds in maintenance, shut-down, and replacement pipework costs over the coming years. Woodford Plastics has successfully fabricated polyethylene pipework to replace steel pipework used for the Nuclear Reactors vital cooling water.


It is understood that this is the first time in the world that polyethylene has been used in such a critical area of the reactor system.

Woodford Plastics fabricated the pipework within a 25 day maintenance window, cramming a nine month project into a few weeks.

The benefits that the new polyethylene pipework will provide the Power Station over the original carbon steel pipework are numerous and include;

  • Increased durability
  • Errosion resistance
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Reduced breakdowns
  • Improved water flow
  • Resistance to marine life build up

Woodford Plastics are extremely pleased to have been involved in such a prestigious project and would like to thank all of our employees and suppliers for their commitment to finish the project safely and on time.