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Environment Agency names contractors on £2.6bn framework

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The Environment Agency has named the winning contractors and consultants on its new collaborative delivery framework to deliver its £2.6bn capital investment programme.

The agency’s capital investment programme aims to protect 300,000 homes from coastal erosion and flooding by 2021. The programme has already benefitted 150,000 homes, it said.

Contractors and consultants named on the framework include Bam Nuttall, Arup, Jacobs, Jackson Civil Engineering Group, Kier, Atkins, Jeremy Benn Associates and VolkerStevin.

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Source: Environment Agency

The contractors have been appointed as the Environment Agency’s Next Generation Supplier Arrangements (NGSAs) comes into effect.

The NGSAs are designed to “promote innovative ways of collaborative working with delivery partners and local communities from the initial planning stages of a project right through to its completion”.

An Environment Agency spokesperson added: “This closer working will ensure that homes, communities and businesses are receiving the best possible flood and coastal management for the challenges facing their area.”

The Agency has claimed adopting that the NGSAs are a major step towards helping the government deliver on its commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.

The NGSAs will run through to 2023, with an option to extend them to 2027.

Environment Agency operations director Toby Willison said: “This ambitious new framework will help us to continue to deliver our £2.6bn flood and coastal defence programme in a way which ensures that sustainability, efficiency and value for money remain at the very heart of the work we do to protect people, homes and the environment.”

Since 2007 the Environment Agency has invested more than £6.1bn in flood defences.

Earlier this week, it unveiled the final outline design for its plan to build a new flood channel alongside the River Thames.

The final outline design includes a plan to shorten the channel to just under 15km.

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