IWJS has secured a two-year contract extension with civil engineering specialist, Breheny, to deliver culvert inspection, survey and cleaning works across the North West as part of the Environment Agency’s (EA) Flood & Coastal Risk Management (FCRM) framework.
The work delivered via the FCRM framework will support the EA’s North West CCTV Culvert Inspection & Cleansing Programme (2021-2023) that grades defences and structures in main rivers.
The scope of works will include CCTV inspections of culverted watercourses to identify potential structural defects, debris or silt issues that could compromise the culvert and
contribute towards potential flooding. Where required, IWJS’s in-house rescue team will also be deployed to deliver man-entry surveys in hazardous or confined spaces.
Under the terms of the FCRM contract, IWJS will continue to deliver work at locations across three of the EA’s operational areas in the North West; Cumbria and Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside and Cheshire.
The six sites assigned to IWJS are:
Anthony Swarbrick, Operations Manager with the Environment Agency, said: “This collaboration between the Environment Agency, IWJS and Breheny is an important step
forwards in how we collect and use information about our defence assets. It will give us greater insight into our culverted watercourses, helping us to better protect communities from flooding whilst also bringing a host of benefits in terms of planning, construction and essential repairs.”
Peter Maasz, IWJS Business Development Director, comments: “IWJS and Breheny have established a strong and collaborative working relationship on the EA FCRM framework over the past three years. We are delighted to have secured this opportunity to partner with Breheny once again for this framework and we look forward to continuing the excellent relationship we have established with the Environment Agency.”
Christopher Stewart, Managing Director of IWJS, commented: “Maintaining these assets is hugely important for the protection against flooding. With some of this asset situated in remote locations, we will be deploying our in-house confined spaces rescue team, using a wide range of specialist plant and equipment designed specifically for hard to reach sites.”
Throughout the programme, IWJS will liaise with all appropriate stakeholders, including Natural England and the EA’s Fisheries, Biodiversity & Geomorphology (FBG) team, to
ensure that all appropriate permissions are received and that other applicable designations and restrictions including Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) are addressed.