Selwood awarded place on new EA framework
The Environment Agency has awarded pump specialists Selwood a place on a new framework for its hired equipment requirements.
Selwood will provide static, towable and electric submersible pumps over the next six years under a framework that provides added value through improved efficiencies, consolidated reporting and service levels.
As well as providing the agency with substantial yearly savings, Dale Eynon, Director of DEFRA Group Fleet Services said the new framework would also improve efficiencies and levels of service.
“Our new framework is anticipated to provide efficiencies and improved levels of service across many areas including; an improved supply chain, reduced cross hire, rate transparency, supports for Incident Response and the availability of the latest equipment technology and latest engine emissions,” said Eynon. “Due to this new approach we are also able to access competitive rates, great customer service and quality equipment.”
Chris Garrett, Selwood CEO, commented: “Selwood’s success is built on partnerships, and we are pleased that the expertise of our teams and their commitment to product excellence and outstanding customer service have been recognised in this competitive tender process.
“We are delighted to have been chosen as a key supplier on this framework, and our teams are looking forward to serving the Environment Agency from Selwood’s network of pump rental branches around the UK.”
The Environment Agency is responsible for regulating major industry and waste, treatment of contaminated land, water quality and resources, inland fisheries, river, estuary and harbour navigation, conservation and ecology, plus managing the risk of flooding from main rivers, reservoirs, estuaries and the sea. The agency has a large internal plant fleet holding, but requires additional plant on a national basis to ensure the organisation’s operational teams have access to the latest, safest and most environmentally efficient equipment.
The initial three-year contract, starting from June, includes a further three-year extension option. Under the new agreement, A-Plant, the UK’s largest plant, tool and equipment hire company, will act as the dedicated and centralised managing agent for all supplying hire contractors. The other suppliers on the framework are Garic, Flannery and Land & Water.
The contract will support annual maintenance programme as well as supporting management of flood defence assets. As a category 1 Incident Response Service Provider the contract will also provide availability of equipment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year in order to ensure the agency is ‘Major Incident Ready’.
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