Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been appointed to the Environment Agency’s third Ecological Services Framework, also known as EcoSF3.
The consultancy will be working with Environment Agency to restore UK rivers and wetlands, and support natural flood management.
On EcoSF3, Atkins will support the delivery of river restoration; wetland management and restoration; natural flood management; geomorphological services; and ensure fish passage improvements across England. Atkins’ role on the framework centres around the use of natural processes to deliver affordable, sustainable solutions.
The appointment follows Atkins’ success on the Environment Agency’s first two Ecological Services Frameworks. This included working closely with the Environment Agency on the ongoing Defra Natural Flood Management (NFM) trials on the River Soar.
The trial delivered a variety of NFM measures to slow and store water on the floodplain, reducing the risk of flooding to communities further downstream.
In slowing the flow of water, it is hoped that the project will sequester carbon, and trap sediment and nutrients in new floodplain wetlands that also provide a habitat for a range of wildlife.