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VolkerStevin, alongside joint venture partners Boskalis Westminster and Atkins (VBA Joint Venture Limited), is one of six Asset delivery Partners for the Environment Agency's Water and Environment Management (WEM) Framework in Lot 4 Asset Delivery. The £1bn framework is for a four year term (with the option to extend for a further two years, potentially worth £1.5bn) and focuses on reducing the risk of river and coastal flooding, as well as securing social and environmental improvements across England and Wales.

The WEM Framework is VolkerStevin's third term as a Framework Contractor to the Environment Agency and demonstrates our pedigree in the flood and coastal sector. The new framework has a greater focus on introducing efficiencies through the packaging of work as design and build projects, as well as an aim to lead the way in sustainability.

VBA provides a sound engineering base to share best practice and innovation, which will help deal with the new extremes of weather creating problems in our existing infrastructure.

Our role includes early contractor involvement during the design development stage and continues through construction to completion and handover to the Area Teams. At all stages we function as an integrated team with both our client and consultant, giving advice on construction techniques, logistics, programming, environmental impact and health and safety mitigation measures and risk analysis.

We have a number of projects currently underway on the framework which include the Midlands Fishpass, the £36M Clacton to Holland on sea Coastal Defence Scheme, the Ramsbottom & Stubbins Flood Risk Management Scheme, the Knott End Flood Risk Management Scheme and the Humber Flood Alleviation Scheme at Grimsby Docks.

The VBA joint venture has also been assisting the Environment Agency with urgent repair work to a significant number of flood defence assets across the country as part of the Asset Recovery Programme. Following the East Coast Tidal Surge in December 2013 and subsequent winter storms and flood events the assets are in need of urgent repair prior to the start of the next flood season.

Facts and figures

  • Client
    Environment Agency
  • Value for VBA
    £40m+ per annum
  • Commencement date
    June 2013
  • Project categories
    Flood risk management

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