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Environment Agency to award framework in June

The Environment Agency hopes to award its £2.5bn engineering design and construction frameworks by June and is due to restart tendering at the end of the month.

Tendering on the Water and Environment Management (WEM) framework was controversially suspended in January on legal advice just weeks before it was due to be awarded.

The invitation to tender is expected to be issued on 26 February and the Framework awarded by June this year. The agency has said that delivery of the capital programme will not be held up by the re-tendering.

“We are looking at a number of options for handling those commissions which must be awarded in the period April-June, including the use of existing minor works frameworks for smaller projects,” said the Agency in a statement.

Since then the suspension the Agency has been re-planning its delivery programme and is expecting to announce its procurement plan when the re-planning has finished on 8 February.

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