WEM Framework

The Environment Agency established the Water and Environment Management (WEM) Framework in 2013, giving access to Suppliers in the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) market. The WEM Framework will be available to all directorates within the Environment Agency, other English Risk Management Authorities (RMAs) and Defra delivery bodies. These include local authorities and internal drainage boards. The framework is also be available to the Welsh Government.

Flood Risk Management Improvement Schemes

The EA is currently delivering its largest ever programme of coastal and alluvial flood risk protection schemes across the UK. WEM is its primary capital delivery vehicle for these schemes and JBA Bentley is one of only 6 consortium involved. In December 2013 and January 2014, the Uk suffered prolonged flooding due to a storm surge flood event. JBA-Bentley was called upon to complete emergency construction works and repair damaged or breached flood defences.

Asset Recovery

Defra subsequently awarded an additional £100m to the Environment Agency for urgent repairs, restoration and maintenance works.  JBA co-ordinated teams of Army personnel undertaking rapid inspections of flood defences and have worked to develop design solutions to deliver these works.

In early 2014, JBA-Bentley began to deliver recovery schemes including a batch of 12 in Yorkshire and the North Anglian region as part of the EA’s Asset Recovery Programme (ARP), these assets had to be repaired ahead of any storm future storm events.


JBA Bentley is a supplier for Lot 4:Delivery of Built Assets.

The services we provide in this area are set out below:


Service Provision



Project appraisal and feasibility studies

  • Investigation of inland and coastal flood risk and erosion problems
  • Development and modelling of options.
  • Assessment of costs and benefits/economic analysis
  • Assessment of environmental impacts and benefits
  • Stakeholder engagement



  • Fluvial, coastal and tidal flood defences and impounding structures
  • Coastal erosion and scour protection
  • Pumping and control systems
  • Land remediation
  • Mechanical and electrical installations
  • Works associated with water resources, fisheries, ecology, landscaping navigation and recreation


Civil engineering construction works

  • Including flood defences, wave and scour protection, impounding and conveyance structures
  • Works associated with water resources, fisheries, ecology, river restoration, habitat creation and recreation.


Coastal works

  • Beach nourishment, dredging, coastal structures
  • Working on or constructing coastal hard flood defences (for example constructed seawall defences and revetment works).
  • Works in a marine environment (for example constructed an outfall, offshore breakwater or placement of rock armour).


Early Supplier Engagement (ESE)

  • Advice on technical solutions, buildability, value engineering and risk management


Supervision and contract management

  • Supervision of construction works and mechanical and electrical installations
  • ECC project management
  • CDM coordination services


Specialist engineering


  • Relating to mechanical, electrical, instrumentation control and automation (MEICA) works
  • Design activities relating to river restoration and 'soft’ engineering solutions
  • Advice on technical solutions and risk management
  • Advice on decommissioning, restoration and land remediation


Specialist construction activities

  • Relating to mechanical, electrical, instrumentation control and automation (MEICA) works
  • Relating to river restoration and 'soft’ engineering solutions
  • Relating to landscape contracting works


Environmental Services


  • Environmental Impact Assessment (Statutory and non statutory)
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • UK and European Environmental Legislation (Water Framework Directive, Habitats Regulations, Countryside and Rights of Way Act. etc)
  • Environmental risk management
  • Environmental clerk of works
  • Advice on town and country planning, heritage, landscape and ecology





  • Advice on economics, partnership funding, community engagement and public relations
  • Communications and public consultations
  • Project management including planning and delivery of programmes/packages of works, risk management and communication
  • Provision of an incident response service for contracts or projects underway
  • Provision of Operation and Maintenance solutions
  • Provision of Design, Build, Maintain and Operate solutions
  • Provision of Turnkey solutions