It will provide support for the Agency's programme to manage and reduce the risk of flooding from rivers and the sea. Currently, around five million people, in two million properties, live in flood risk areas in England and Wales, and the Agency, in partnership with various other stakeholders, is developing Catchment Flood Management Plans (CFMPs) for rivers, and Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs) for sea flooding and coastal erosion.
Faithful+Gould will be providing cost consultancy and strategic advice from seven different offices across the country to provide a local service to the local Environment Agency offices in England and Wales, both on the national capital programme and on regional expenditure. Berkely Consulting Group, E.C. Harris and Arup were also appointed to the framework agreement.
Director Adam Brooks said, "The ever increasing impact of climate change and the pressure to build on flood plains are just two of the factors that make the Environment Agency’s work in flood defence increasingly valuable. Every year the Agency spends about £150 million improving existing defences and creating an average of 200 new defence schemes. Typical projects include embankments, walls, weirs, sluices and pumping stations associated with flood risk management. Of these, some may only be brought into operation when a high tide or flood is forecast or in progress. However, increasingly it is trying to use more natural methods of dealing with floodwater. Called 'soft defences', these methods include wetlands and saltmarshes and are becoming more common as climate change drives the need for flood defence measures. These are significant programmes and we are delighted to have been appointed to contribute to this important environmental work over the next five years."