The Environment Agency was this week due to name five shortlisted bidders for what will be the UK’s largest flood risk management contract.
Shortlisted teams for the up to £485M contract will enter a competitive dialogue phase with the Agency, starting in January.
The Thames Estuary Phase 1 programme includes all the capital work to maintain, refurbish and replace tidal defences there over the next 10 years.
It excludes revenue funded operations and maintenance that the Agency will continue to do.
The successful supplier will sign a contract that will run for an initial seven years with the intention to extend it to 10 years.
It will take on a delivery partner role and work with the Agency in a fully integrated and collaborative team to plan, design and build schemes.
The contract is valued at £314M to £485M and will be wholly funded by the Agency.
The £314M reflects the current scope, which includes refurbishment and replacement of flood defences within the Thames Estuary from Teddington in West London through to Sheerness and Shoeburyness in Kent and Essex.
However, the Agency anticipates that scope of work may be increased to include habitat creation.