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Environment Agency £2.5bn framework winners revealed

The Environment Agency has revealed the list of winners set to share in its £2.5bn four-year water and environment management framework, including six asset delivery partners who are expected to share the bulk of the work.

The framework will run from 2013 to 2017 and each of the six asset delivery partners will work in joint venture to primarily serve the agency’s flood and coastal erosion risk management function.

They will also be available to risk management authorities, Defra delivery bodies, local authorities, internal drainage boards and the Welsh Government.

The WEM framework replaces the National Engineering and Environmental Consultancy Agreement and National Contractors Framework as the EA’s main asset delivery vehicle.

There are four lots: engineering and related services; modelling mapping and data; environmental services; and asset delivery.

In January the Environment Agency suspended the procurement of the framework contract after flaws were spotted in the bidding process.

It is expected that around 75 per cent of its capital programme spending will be via Lot 4, which encompasses consulting, design and construction services undertaken either separately or as design-and-build projects.

The six asset delivery firms will provide a variety of services associated with asset delivery including design, early supplier engagement, construction and project management, all in joint venture with Black & Veatch.

Consultancy services are shared between seven firms or joint ventures, with Capita Symonds and Halcrow appointed to all three lots.

Full list of winners

Modelling, mapping and data:

Capita Symonds; Halcrow; JacksonHyder; Jacobs; Jeremy Benn Associates; Mott MacDonald

Environmental services:

  • AKT (Aecom, Kier)
  • Capita Symonds
  • Halcrow

Engineering and related services:

Capita Symonds; Halcrow; JacksonHyder; Jacobs; Mott MacDonald

Asset delivery:

  • BMM joint venture (Bam Nuttall, Mott MacDonald)
  • GBV (Galliford Try, Black & Veatch)
  • JacksonHyder
  • JN Bentley, Jeremy Benn Associates
  • Team Van Oord (Van Oord, JT Mackley, May Gurney, Royal HaskoningDHV)
  • VBA consortium (VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster, Atkins)


The agency intends to invest £2.5bn over the next 10 years to reduce flood risk nationally and secure wider environmental and social benefits.

Galliford Try has secured approximately £25m of work as a result of the final year of the current agency framework appointment, which expires concurrently.

Galliford Try chief executive Greg Fitzgerald said: “We envisage that the new framework presents a similar or even better business opportunity than we currently have with the Environment Agency.

“This key appointment further enhances our reputation for innovation and engineering expertise within the flood and coastal work sector, and recognises our commitment to providing customers with certainty of delivery and cost within a collaborative working approach.”

Matthew Nott, the director of Black & Veatch’s Environment Agency work, said: “WEM’s overriding driver is to ensure efficient use of funding. Our joint venture will achieve these efficiencies by offering proven design-and-build performance.

“Within GBV we deliver the full asset lifecycle from initial appraisals to commissioning.”

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