SEVEN CONTRACTORS are to build the Environment Agency's £400M programme of flood and coastal defences under a five year framework agreement announced this week.
From April, John Mowlem, J Breheny, Jackson, Edmund Nuttall, Alfred McAlpine, Van Oord and Harbour & General will be guaranteed work on projects totalling over £80M a year.
Agency framework manager Lloyd Marlow said the framework agreement is part of a plan to improve procurement efficiency through long term relationships and exploiting economies of scale.
The seven contractors have been chosen because of previous work carried out successfully for the Agency, he added.
Flood and coastal defence work for 2002-03 has already been allotted to contractors on a regional basis, without competitive tender.
'We're satisfied we don't need to put contractors through that final hurdle, ' said Marlow, adding that contractor efficiency would be judged by how well they perform over the next year.