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Atkins Appointed on Major Environment Agency Framework

Atkins logoAtkins has been appointed as a Framework Partner on one of the largest consultancy frameworks in the public sector - the Environment Agency National Engineering and Environmental Consultancy Framework (NEECA). The Environment Agency has a budget in excess of £2billion to deliver its flood defence, waterways and water resources capital works programme over the next 10 years.

The framework supports the delivery of this capital programme and enables implementation of a variety of engineering and environmental projects. It will provide the Agency with high quality consultancy services to support its national programme of work.

Atkins' services primarily relate to delivery of the Environment Agency's flood defence capital programme, but are also expected to include support to other aspects of the Environment Agency's work including waste management, biodiversity, landscape design, environmental planning, fisheries, recreation, navigation and water resources.

Atkins Framework Director, Dermod Sweeney states: "We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our bid for the NEECA2 framework with the Environment Agency. We expect to build on the successes of the previous NEECA framework, working with the Agency to deliver an expanding Flood Defence Capital Programme, as well as what is expected to be an increase in workload in non-flood defence areas."

Environment Agency Project manager, Nikki Brown says: "Atkins will be involved in all aspects of project management from project identification, detailed design and post project appraisals. The company is one of six that were selected based on their ability to meet our requirements for quality and cost but with the emphasis on quality."

"Atkins will help the Agency to achieve its vision to create a better environment, for present and future generations. The frameworks will allow consultants and contractors to continue to work together, in an integrated safe and sustainable manner with a shared goal of continuous improvement."

Atkins' role on the previous NEECA framework has helped the Environment Agency with its National Priority Programme (NPP) - 30 key projects in the UK - and will continue to do so under the new framework. The Atkins-designed Tilbury East Dock Sewer project was one of the largest of these NPP projects, at £2.1M.

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Posted 01/11/05

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