EA's £300M Thames estuary flood defence deal goes to CH2M Hill
The £300M contract for the Thames Estuary Asset Management Programme has been awarded to CH2M Hill by the Environment Agency. The major tidal flood defence programme represents the first ten years of a 100-year programme developed by the EA to protect London and the Thames estuary from current and future tidal flooding through to 2100.
CH2M Hill will be working alongside its delivery partner, Balfour Beatty, and specialist suppliers including Critigen, Hunton Engineering, KGAL and Qualter Hall. An Integrated Delivery Team (IDT) will be formed with the EA to deliver significant efficiencies over the ten-year programme. The IDT will work closely with stakeholders along the estuary to develop flood risk solutions that protect people, property and enhance the environment in London and the Thames estuary for future generations.
Operating under the name Thames Estuary Asset Management 2100 (TEAM 2100), the programme is one of the government's top 40 national infrastructure projects. The contract involves the planning, programming, optimisation and delivery of investigation, design, capital maintenance, refurbishment and replacement works on the existing tidal flood defence assets along the entire 170km length of the Thames estuary.
The Thames estuary tidal flood defence system extends from Teddington in west London through to Sheerness and Shoeburyness in Kent and Essex, protecting 1.25 million people and £200bn-worth of property. It is formed from more than 3,500 different assets, including the Thames Barrier.
EA chief executive Paul Leinster said: “We are pleased to welcome CH2M Hill as our partner to deliver this vital programme of works to refurbish and update the current flood risk management systems along the Thames Estuary.”
CH2M Hill’s managing director for Europe, Mark Thurston, said: "We are delighted to have been named delivery partner for the TEAM 2100 Programme. This project is a vital piece of infrastructure that fits closely with our other major programmes in London, including Thames Tideway Tunnel, Crossrail and High Speed 2.
"Not only will this programme help maintain London as a globally competitive city, it also provides a significant boost to the British engineering sector and the creation of long-term employment in the UK jobs market, with the project requiring skilled engineers throughout the planning, investigation, maintenance and refurbishment works of the next ten years."
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