Contractors winning a place on the Environment Agency's framework deal include Morrison, Interserve, Birse Civils and Jackson Civil Engineering

Seven contractors have won a place on a £500m framework from the Environment Agency.

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Jackson Civil Engineering, Morrison Construction Services, Volker Stevin, Team Van Oord, Birse Civils , Interserve Project Services and Westminster Dredging/ Dean and Dyball have all been picked for the NCF2 (Second-Generation National Contractors Framework).

The programme covers flood defence, waterways and water resources capital works. It begins in April 2007 and will last for four years with the option of a four-year extension.

The Environment Agency said that over 70 contracts had expressed an interest in the framework while the shortlist had 13 names on it.

Nickki Brown, who was project manager for the NCF2 procurement programme said: “The final seven contractors have been selected based on their ability to meet our requirements on quality and price."

She explained: "This will ensure that they are best placed to succeed in the challenge of delivering a diverse programme of work which includes watercourse maintenance programmes and river and coastal engineering works.”