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EA ups fl ood framework firms from four to six

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GROWING WORKLOAD has prompted the Environment Agency to increase the number of consultants in one of its major national frameworks, the Agency said this week.

Its next framework - for flod defences, waterways and water resources - will include six consultants instead of four at present.

As a result, Royal Haskoning and Arup will join Atkins, Black & Veatch, Halcrow and Jacobs on the Agency's four year framework, which was fi nalised this week.

The Agency let its latest National Engineering & Environmental Consultancy Agreement (NEECA) this week. The four year arrangement is worth £160M in fees.

'It is inevitably going to increase competition. The Agency is focusing more on quality and local delivery and we think that will play in our favour, ' said Arup's NEECA manager Will McBain.

The six consultants will design projects such as fluvial and coastal fl ood defences, river improvement schemes, landscape design and environmental planning.

Environment Agency procurement process manager Martin Freeman said some work would be awarded to framework firms without competition.

Other projects would be put out to tender within the framework and yet more will go to full competitive tender.

Royal Haskoning coasts and rivers director Steve Magenis told NCE: 'We estimate that around two thirds of the work will be let through limited competition, where two or three consultants will be asked to submit short proposals, which will include the key staff available to do the work.'

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