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Collaboration push for Environment Agency framework

Contractors and consultants appointed to the Environment Agency’s latest £2.5bn water and environment framework expect to  have to collaborate more closely, it emerged last week.

The Agency has been experimenting with different forms of integration through its Pathfinder Pilot schemes. But the Water and Environment Management (WEM) framework signals a turning point in the way construction teams are formed according to those who have secured places on it.

WEM Framework

Flood defences: Projects will be covered by the new framework setup

The list of suppliers to the framework were announced earlier this month (NCE 6 June). Work on the framework covers engineering services; modelling, mapping and data; environmental services and asset delivery

“The big difference with WEM is that… consultancy and construction services are being combined on an unprecedented scale, and [the Agency] recognises the value of using an integrated supply chain,” Black & Veatch director of Environment Agency work Matthew Nott told NCE.

Consultants have traditionally been appointed  under the National Engineering and Environmental Consultancy Agreement (Neeca) while construction work was let via the National Contractors Framework.             

Under the new framework, teams can decide for themselves how incentives will be shared between them and many are acting to create shared responsibility.

Another framework appointee Jackson has set up a joint venture with consultant Hyder with this in mind.

“Being contractually integrated is a different thing from being practically integrated,” said contractor Jackson chief executive Richard Neall. “Contractual integration guarantees equal share of incentivisation and penalty.”

Closer integration is intended to help teams put more “pounds in the ground”, said Neall, who added that minimising the costs of so-called “non-productive work” would allow for more time and money to go into the projects themselves.

“The award [of framework places] was based equally on both price and quality and meets our objective of delivering the best value to the taxpayer,” said an Environment Agency spokesman.

“Over the next four years, we will be investing £1bn to reduce the risk from river and coastal flooding and we are looking forward to working with the new suppliers to help achieve that.”

Who has won what

Engineering & Related Services

  • Capita Symonds
  • Halcrow
  • JacksonHyder
  • Jacobs UK
  • Mott MacDonald

Modelling Mapping & Data

  • Capita Symonds
  • Halcrow Group
  • JacksonHyder
  • Jacobs UK
  • Jeremy Benn Associates
  • Mott MacDonald

Environmental Services

  • AKT (AECOM, Kier)
  • Capita Symonds
  • Halcrow Group

Asset Delivery

  • BMM joint venture (BAM Nuttall, Mott MacDonald)
  • GBV joint venture (GallifordTry, Black and Veatch)
  • JacksonHyder
  • JN Bentley Ltd, Jeremy Benn Associates
  • Team Van Oord
  • VBA consortium (VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster, Atkins)


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  • Team Van Oord is a Joint Venture partnership between Van Oord, May Gurney, Mackley Construction and Royal HaskoningDHV

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