The Environment Agency has agreed the largest single flood risk management contract, a £300 million programme that will reduce flood risk in London and the Thames estuary.
The £300 million Thames Estuary Asset Management Programme will deliver the first 10 years of capital investment in flood risk management schemes as recommended by the Thames Estuary 2100 Plan (TE2100). The programme will operate with the name Thames Estuary Asset Management 2100 (TEAM2100).
The programme will further reduce the risk of flooding for 1.25 million people across Kent, Essex and London. It will also reduce the risk to £200 billion worth of property, UK Government, major infrastructure and businesses.
Paul Leinster, chief executive of the Environment Agency, 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.”
Floods Minister Dan Rogerson, said: “We absolutely recognize the importance of tackling flooding which is why we are spending £3.2 billion on flood management and defenses. That’s more than ever before and half a billion more than in the previous parliament. This impressive £300 million project will not only provide better protection from flooding for millions of people and businesses, it will also protect the thriving London economy.”
CH2M Hill’s regional managing director Mark Thurston said: “CH2M Hill has extensive experience of working on the Thames estuary and some of the world’s largest water projects and has a strong relationship with the Environment Agency from its work on various UK flood defense framework contracts. We look forward to managing this project and playing a vital role in maintaining and developing the tidal flood defenses in the Thames Estuary for future generations.”