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Costain, Mace and Morgan Sindall JVs knocked out of £485m flood defence race

The race for a £485m Environment Agency deal to maintain and improve flood defences along the River Thames is down to two bidders.

It was reported at the weekend that the race for the 10-year deal is down to CH2M Hill and Jacobs.

Several top contractors have missed out on the final round of bidding, including Costain, Mace and Morgan Sindall.

The agency is looking for a single bidder for the deal, which involves maintaining, assessing and improving flood defences along the tidal Thames from Teddington in west London to Sheerness and Shoeburyness in Kent and Essex, as well as some tidal tributaries.

The contract is expected to be worth between £314m and £485m and is a seven year deal with the option for a three year extension.

The shortlisted bidders announced in February for the Thames Estuary Phase 1 Programme (TEP1) who have now exited the race were:

  • A Morgan Sindall and Grontmiji joint venture
  • Vision4TE – a VolkerStevin and Mace joint venture with Atkins as a strategic subconsultant
  • CCU Alliance – a Costain, Capita and URS joint venture

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “The TE2100 project will be delivered by UK suppliers and contractors.”

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