Smaller environmental consultancies could have improved chances of winning Environment Agency contracts under a new procurement framework being launched by the government body

Environment Agency to streamline procurement process

From April 2013, a new supplier framework will be in operation to procure a wide range of flood risk management and environmental services across England and Wales, including construction, river and coastal engineering design, as well as flood mapping and modelling. The new supplier arrangement will run for four to six years and is expected to handle spending of between £150m and £200m per annum.

The network overhaul is intended to streamline the Environment Agency’s procurement process which has been notoriously difficult for suppliers to navigate in the past. It is also hoped that professional service providers of all sizes will sign up to win contracts through the framework.

Once the system is in place, other authorities with responsibility for flood and coastal risk management will be able to access the supplier gateway, as well as the Environment Agency itself. The service will also be available to other public bodies and government departments.

The project is at an early stage of development, but the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) will have further details of the revamped procurement framework shortly. In the meantime, potential suppliers are invited to register online to get more news about the procurement process. Any submissions will not qualify as formal Expressions of Interest, but information about official applications will also be published in the OJEU in due course.

For further details visit the environment agency website.

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