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News from the UK Civils Industry 20th March 2019

Posted by: Melonie Debenham
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£1 Billion investment wanted for UK flood defence

The Environment Agency’s (EA) new economic assessment has highlighted the need to plan for flooding and coastal risk management over the next 50 years, calling for an annual average investment of £1bn.

The call for a £1bn annual investment is based on evidence using climate change, population increase, and mapping data and sets out future flood risk scenarios, assessing how funding could be best allocated to meet these challenges until 2065. 

Findings show that sustained investment is needed in order to respond to future flood damage. EA predicts a cost ratio of 9 to 1, meaning that for every £1 spent on protecting communities and infrastructure, £9 in damages and wider impacts would be prevented.

Various measures are needed over the next half-century, including large-scale engineered defences and natural flood management techniques such as planting trees to slow the flow of water.

Julie Foley, Director Flood Strategy at EA, said: “This report sets out the level of investment we need to consider over the next 50 years alongside the action we need to take to ensure that communities, businesses and vital infrastructure are resilient to flooding and coastal erosion.” 

The findings will serve as a blueprint for planning authorities and developers over the next five decades. Foley said: “The scenarios are a key evidence base to inform our Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy, due later this year, and will help government, businesses and the insurance industry plan for the future.”

Later this year, EA will consult on its new Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy which sets out the long-term vision for a nation more resilient to flooding and coastal change. 

Navartis Business Manager and Civils Recruitment Specialist Melonie Debenham commented: “It’s great to see this level of foresight in flood defence. At Navartis we have placed senior technical professionals onto a number of flood defence projects, including the Horbury, Whetherby and Ripponden sites for the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme. We look forward to the new opportunities this will open up for the industry. These kinds of initiatives are vital if the industry is to keep pace with flooding issues across the UK.” Full story.

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Contractors named for £2 billion water projects

Water company Severn Trent has announced the first contractors that will deliver a £2bn investment in construction projects for its next Asset Management Plan (AMP7).

The company, which serves eight million people across the Midlands and is responsible for water supply management and waste water treatment and disposal, has changed the way that it intends to carry out the work between 2020 and 2025. Rather than outsourcing, design work will be brought in-house and a new specialist design team will be created to manager projects moving forwards.

The AMP7 framework has been structured into four lots. Lot 1 will see capital delivery design and build frameworks, while Lots 2, 3 and 4 will focus on for capital delivery build-only frameworks.

Severn Trent has announced the contractors for Lots 1 and 2:

Lot 1: Amey Utility Services, Costain, J Murphy & Sons, Mott MacDonald Bentley, MWH Treatment, Nmcn, and VolkerStevin & Atkins Joint Venture.

Lot 2: Barhale & Doosan Enpure, Coffey Construction, CPC Civils, Forkers, Geda Construction, JN Bentley, Kier Integrated Services, MWH Treatment, Nmcn, and VolkerStevin.

Severn Trent’s capital delivery and commercial director Helen Miles said: “Getting fast-track status from Ofwat means that we’ve been able to make a really early start on our planning for AMP7.”

Miles went on to put focus on the immediate future: “We now have 12 months where we can define the key projects we need to deliver for our customers, which we can do alongside our new construction partners. We are delighted we now have our partners in place for lots 1 and 2, and this is a really exciting time for us as we look at new, more efficient ways to invest for the future to make our services even better.” Full story.

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