Arup joins new Natural Resources Wales consultancy framework for capital works programmes

Charlotte S Charlotte Fernández UKIMEA Press Office,Leeds
26 February 2021

Arup has been appointed by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to its £65m Next Generation Framework to help deliver a range of capital projects, from flood risk management and reservoirs to major forestry infrastructure and environmental remediation over the next four years.

The firm is one of two consultants that have been appointed to work Wales-wide. Arup, together with Binnies UK (formerly Black & Veatch), will deliver consultancy services to support NRW’s capital programmes.

Arup has worked with NRW since its creation in April 2013, helping it to deliver many projects such as Tyn Mynydd Reservoir and the Risca flood defence scheme.

The growing climate and ecological emergencies make the need to accelerate our transition to a more sustainable future even more pressing. We share NRW’s ambitions to ensure the sustainable management of natural resources and we look forward to collaborating with them, and their partners, to better protect communities and wildlife across Wales.

Robin Campbell Robin Campbell NRW Framework Manager, Arup

NRW created the new framework to help achieve its objectives for the people and communities of Wales and the Welsh environment. This includes reducing flood risk, managing Wales’ natural resources including land and water, sustainably championing the Welsh environment, and improving the resilience and quality of its ecosystems.

NRW and its framework partners will seek to use natural resources in a way and at a rate that maintains and enhances the resilience of ecosystems and the benefits they provide. William Hughes (Civil Engineering) Ltd and Jones Bros Ruthin (Civil Engineering) Ltd will work across North Wales, and Walters UK Ltd and Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd will work across South Wales.

Gavin Jones, NRW’s Design Consultancy Framework Manager said:

“We’re excited to enter into a new chapter of delivering challenging but rewarding projects across Wales with our new Next Generation Framework partners.

“Wales’ Green Recovery Plan for Covid-19 will be at the heart of the framework as we deliver important work for Wales’ communities and environments.

“The Framework is designed to meet the needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs and to contribute to the achievement of the well-being goals in the Well-being of Future Generations Act.

“The four year programme will focus on projects that will help to reduce flood risk to homes from rivers and the sea, adapting our assets to help mitigate the impacts of climate change, improving Welsh river habitats, keeping our reservoirs safe, supporting the Welsh timber sector, and improving access to and the use of our land.”

In 2020, we marked 50 years in Wales. Our Cardiff office has grown from a staff of six in 1970 to today employing more than 350 engineers, consultants and technical specialists who work here on local, UK and international projects.