Van Oord subsidiary Mackley and its joint venture partner Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK have been awarded the engineering and construction of the Havant Thicket Reservoir in Hampshire. It is the first major new water storage reservoir in the UK since the 1980s.

The contract, with a value over GBP 150 million, has been awarded by Portsmouth Water.

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The Havant Thicket Reservoir will secure critical water supplies for the South East of England, an area under serious water stress. It will also help protect environmentally sensitive chalk streams and create a new, green leisure facility for local communities and wildlife.

The reservoir will be built on a 160 hectare grassland site owned by Portsmouth Water. It will hold approximately 8.7 billion litres of water and be able to supply up to 21 million litres of water each day. Van Oord says the reservoir is scheduled to be operational by 2029.

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