CH2M awarded contract for Thames Estuary Asset Management Programme
Published: 20 May 2016 By Grace Kimberley
Energy Jobline has recently partnered with CH2M, who we are delighted to reveal is a main contributor for the Thames Estuary Asset Management 2100 flood defence programme, a major tidal flood protection scheme.
The programme is one of the government’s top 40 national infrastructure projects, with this protection being required to minimize potential risks of currents and future tidal flooding. These defences are usually examined twice a year and involve structural and engineering investigation by TEAM 2100 (the members of the partnership). The plan covers the Thames Barrier and 350 km of flood walls, embankments, smaller barriers, pumping stations and flood gates.
TEAM 2100 is a partnership containing flood defence experts such as Balfour Beatty, KGAL, Qualter Hall and Hunton Engineering. These companies are responsible for maintaining flood defences spanning the length of the River Thames. The alliance was formed in 2013 and for the next 10 years TEAM 2100 is responsible for carrying out numerous projects within the team framework, which is currently the largest flood defence scheme globally. This contract is also responsible for the refurbishment and replacement of current tidal flood defence assets.
According to Mark Thurston, CH2M’s Regional Managing Director for Europe, "We are delighted to have been named delivery partner for the TEAM 2100 Programme. This project is a vital piece of infrastructure that fits closely with our other major programmes in London, including Thames Tideway Tunnel, Crossrail and High Speed 2. Not only will this programme help maintain London as a globally competitive city, it also provides a significant boost to the British engineering sector and the creation of long-term employment in the UK jobs market, with the project requiring skilled engineers throughout the planning, investigation, maintenance and refurbishment works of the next ten years."
There are a number of tidal areas that are significantly affected by the weather and siltation, primarily in the UK where there is a large amount of rainfall and is at more risk of flooding. The Thames estuary tidal flood defence system starts from Teddington, West London and continues through to Kent and Essex. The programme will therefore protect 1.25 million people and £200bn in property funds, building a coastal environment that future generations can feel safe and comfortable living in.
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