Jacobs appointed to protect communities from flood erosion

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Jacobs has been appointed to provide professional services on the Environment Agency’s new Collaborative Delivery Framework (CDF) to help protect communities and businesses from flood and coastal erosion

The CDF will take place in two of the six regional delivery hubs across England, both the North West and the Thames & Anglian regions of England, which will drive a programme of capital investment and improvement work for flood defence assets.

The Environment Agency is investing £2.6bn in flood and coastal erosion risk management projects, beginning in 2015 through 2021, helping to protect 300,000 homes. The new CDF is part of the Agency’s Next Generation Supplier Arrangements (NGSA) to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of capital projects through greater collaboration with delivery partners.

Jacobs’ senior vice president and general manager, Donald Morrison, said: “As the environment faces some of the toughest challenges of our time, we have an opportunity to build on our 25-year partnership with the Environment Agency and play a role in helping to protect communities for the future.

“The new integrated delivery teams provide the opportunity for even greater collaboration with the Agency and other suppliers, enabling better ways to support the Agency’s objectives to improve efficiency across a wide range of resiliency and environmental outcomes.”

Toby Willison, executive director of operations at the Environment Agency, added: “This ambitious new framework will help us to continue to deliver our £2.6bn flood and coastal defence programme in a way which ensures that sustainability, efficiency and value for money remain at the very heart of the work we do to protect people, homes and the environment.

“The Environment Agency continues to work closely with partners and communities from across the country to deliver our commitment of investing £2.6bn to better protect 300,000 homes from flooding and coastal erosion over six years.”

Jacobs is working alongside the Environment Agency, Lot 2 delivery partners and wider community stakeholders as part of an integrated, collaborative team to deliver a programme of projects to create better places for people and wildlife and support sustainable development.

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