The Environment Agency (EA) has named the consultants it is to work with on delivering its £2.6bn capital investment plan.
Arup, Jacobs UK, Atkins and Jeremy Benn Associates have all won contracts aimed at “increasing efficiency, value for money and the green legacy” of the EA’s investment programme, which aims to protect 300,000 homes from coastal erosion and flooding up to 2021.
The contractors chosen were Bam Nuttal, VolkerStevin, Jackson Civil Engineering Group and Kier Integrated Services.
Effective from this month, the EA’s Next Generation Supplier Arrangements (NGSA), made up of six new geographically based collaborative delivery teams (CDTs), are intended to bring together teams “from across the EA and its supply chain to manage, design and construct its future programmes of work”.
The EA said in a statement that the new supplier arrangements will “lead to longer term team working and new ways of engaging with local organisations and communities”.
The statement 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. At the same time flood and coastal defence projects will promote economic growth, social wellbeing and will seek to enhance levels of natural capital within the local community, making sure that each scheme brings long-lasting benefits for future generations.”
The NGSA arrangements run through to 2023 with the opportunity to extend to 2027, the EA said.