NRW Next Generation Consultancy Services Framework Agreement 2021-2024

A Contract Award Notice

Framework (Services)
3 year (est.)
30 Mar 2021
To 01 Mar 2027 (est.)



Provision of consultancy services as detailed in the specification of the tender documentation

Geochart for 2 buyers and 2 suppliers

2 buyers

2 suppliers


Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is seeking to award a framework for the supply of consultancy services. The purpose of the requirement is to provide technical and professional civil engineering consultancy services for NRW’s flood risk, Reservoirs Act, Hydrometry/telemetry, estates and other relevant programmes of work. The location for the delivery of this requirement will be across Wales. The duration of the framework will be 3 years with an option for NRW to extend the framework duration by 1 year. The decision on whether to use the extension option available will be at NRW’s discretion.

Total Quantity or Scope

NRW undertakes a diverse range of civil engineering works across its various functions. Our design and construction works include, but are not limited to, the following: — flood risk management capital schemes and capital maintenance/repair of flood defence structures on main rivers and coastal areas; — reservoirs Act (1975) compliance projects; — hydrometric and telemetry assets construction and capital maintenance/repair; — habitat management and creation and environmental land and water remediation; — fish passage improvements; — major estates infrastructure (e.g. bridges). Scope of work You shall have proven ability in the modelling, appraisal and design of water industry civil engineering projects with attendant requirements, such as: — flood embankments constructed of earthworks, rock armouring and geotextile materials; — flood walls constructed of reinforced concrete, steel sheet-piling, and precast and pre-fabricated materials; — flood defence and drainage structures that house pumping stations, penstocks, valves and trash screens; — water retention structures and reservoirs, requiring compliance with the Reservoirs Act; — in river flow measurement structures, such as weirs plus attendant gauging huts and other structures; — in river fish passage structures; — features to manage and create a range of habitats; — infrastructure such as simple bridges; — co-ordination with external parties and landowners, including obtaining consents and permissions. You shall have personnel at appropriate levels within your organisation who are qualified members of relevant professional organisations. You will provide the following services under the framework: — undertake project feasibility and other studies; — mapping and hydraulic modelling: of varying scales (local, catchment and national) and flood risk sources (coastal, fluvial and surface water); — Reservoir flood study; — flood consequences assessment; — software expertise (eg FEH methodologies, 1D, 2D, coupled 1D/2D) and innovation; — hydrological modelling and analysis; — optioneering; — geotechnical advice and assessment; — prepare business cases in line with current guidance and best-practice; — economic assessment (calculation of benefits and cost estimates); — design civil engineering, structural engineering, MEICA and associated works for construction; — undertake various surveys, investigations and assessments (such as topographic surveys, bathymetric surveys, diving surveys, services surveys, asset inspections and assessments, ecological surveys, arboricultural surveys) to inform project scoping and design and to manage risks; — principal designer and designer roles under the CDM Regulations (2015); — environmental assessment, including legislative compliance (e.g. environmental impact assessment, habitats regulations assessment, water framework directive) advice, and mitigation and enhancement opportunity identification; — ecology advice, including surveys and assessments; — landscape advice, including surveys and assessments; — archaeological and heritage advice, including surveys and assessments; — geomorphology advice, including surveys and assessments; — advice on project sustainability and the sustainable management of natural resources; — advice on planning, consenting and permissions; — consultation and engagement; — project management and technical/engineering staff for secondments; — environmental clerk of works, landscape clerk of works and archaeological clerk of works during construction.

Award Detail

1 Ove Arup & Partners (Cardiff)
  • Num offers: 9
  • Value: £7,500,000 [share]
  • Awarded to group of suppliers.
2 Black & Veatch (Redhill)
  • Num offers: 9
  • Value: £7,500,000 [share]
  • Awarded to group of suppliers.

Award Criteria

Quality 70.0
PRICE 30.0

CPV Codes

  • 71311000 - Civil engineering consultancy services
  • 71311100 - Civil engineering support services
  • 71310000 - Consultative engineering and construction services
  • 71312000 - Structural engineering consultancy services
  • 71242000 - Project and design preparation, estimation of costs
  • 71320000 - Engineering design services


  • Award on basis of price and quality.

Other Information

A briefing session will be held by Skype on Monday 2 November at 10 a.m. For further details please email: Instructions for submitting an expression of interest/completing the ITT. (i) suppliers should register on the eTendering portal (ii) once registered, suppliers must express their interest as follows: (a) login to the eTendering portal; (b) select ITT'; (c) select 'ITTs Open To All Suppliers'; (d) access the listing relating to the contract ITT: itt_83943 — NRW Next Generation Consultancy Services Framework Agreement 2021-2024 and view details; (e) click on 'Express Interest' button in the 'Actions' box on the left hand side of the page; (iii) Once you have expressed interest, the ITT will move to 'My ITTs', where you can download and where you can construct your reply as instructed. You must then publish your reply using the publish button; (iv) for any support in submitting your expression of interest, BravoSolution can be contacted on 0800 069 8634 or by email to (WA Ref:109329)