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Environment Agency's top-performing consultant wins new framework

Black & Veatch, in joint venture with Galliford Try, named as asset delivery provider

More than 5 million people in England and Wales live and work in properties that are at risk of flooding, according to the Environment Agency (EA). Black & Veatch will continue to help protect those at risk after winning a place on the EA’s Water and Environment Management (WEM) framework.

The company’s GBV joint venture, with Galliford Try, will support the EA through the largest and most flexible section of the framework, Lot 4 Asset Delivery. The EA expects that 75 per cent of its capital programme spending will be via Lot 4, which encompasses consulting, design and construction services undertaken either separately or as design/build projects. The projects will help manage coastal and river flood risk as well as coastal erosion.

“WEM’s overriding driver is to ensure efficient use of funding. Our joint venture will achieve these efficiencies by offering proven design/build performance,” commented Matthew Nott, the director of Black & Veatch’s Environment Agency work. “Within GBV we deliver the full asset lifecycle from initial appraisals to commissioning,” Nott added.

Both of the GBV partners are long-term suppliers to the EA. Galliford Try will undertake the bulk of the joint venture’s construction work. Black & Veatch will provide the full suite of consulting and design services. In addition, drawing from extensive experience gained in the water utility sector, the company is expected to undertake construction projects which have a large mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, controls, automation (MEICA) component.

Black & Veatch is the top-performing supplier on the EA’s current consulting framework, and recently celebrated outstanding success in EA’s Project Excellence Awards, winning four out of six categories.

During the next ten years the EA will be investing more than £2.5 billion to reduce the risk from river and coastal flooding, and secure social and environmental improvements. The WEM framework will run for the next four years, with a possible two year extension.

Editor’s notes

  • The WEM framework replaces the National Engineering and Environmental Consultancy Agreement (NEECA) and National Contractors Framework (NCF) as the EA’s main asset delivery vehicle.
  • Black & Veatch has been working for the EA since 1997, Galliford Try has been serving the agency since 2006.
  • The GBV partners are already completing design/build projects under the EA’s existing NEECA and NCF. These include the Northwest Region Asset Reconditioning Programme and the Lower Swansea Valley Flood Alleviation Scheme.
  • Professionals from the GBV partners are already co-located in Black & Veatch’s Chester office.
  • Recent Black & Veatch flood management projects at Banbury and Minsmere have, between them, won awards from the Institution of Civil Engineers, Association for Project Safety and the Green Organisation.

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