The Environment Agency has appointed engineering design consultancies Atkins and Entec to its Anglian Region Framework to deliver hydrogeological services and general water resources work.
The framework, which runs for up to four years, covers a range of technical support to help the Environment Agency ensure that water resources are managed sustainably and to meet drivers such as the Water Framework Directive and the Habitats Directive. It will draw on the expertise of the two companies in surface and groundwater modelling, hydro-ecology, impact assessment and catchment management. Mott MacDonald has been appointed to provide client-side support to the Agency and will help manage delivery of the framework.
Nathan Richardson, framework manager at Atkins, said: “The Anglian region is under pressure as one of the driest in the country and has one of the fastest population growth rates. It is also home to some of our best agricultural land and wetland sites. These factors together result in an area that needs careful environmental and water management and Atkins is looking forward to working with the Environment Agency and Entec to meet these challenges.”
Tim Haines, framework manager at Entec, said: 'Entec has been working with the Anglian Region of the Environment Agency since 1999 and has developed a series of comprehensive regional groundwater models that have been used amongst other things to help deliver the Agency's commitments as part of the Habitats Directive. The new framework consultancy will allow Entec and Atkins to apply these models to meet the needs of the Water Framework Directive and growing water resource and water quality pressures.'
Mark Grout, project executive at the Environment Agency, said: “This framework consultancy has been very important to the Agency over the years and has allowed the region to meet challenging workloads with regard to the Restoring Sustainable Abstraction Programme and particularly the Habitats Directive Review of Consents. The new framework will continue to provide technical support to the Agency for all aspects of water resources work.”