VBA is a joint venture comprising VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business to provide the services required under Lot 4 of the water and Environment Management Framework for the Environment Agency, which specialises in designing and constructing sustainable flood and coastal defences.
Our team has been assembled to provide the full range of services required for both the EA and the Risk Management Authorities throughout the UK to reduce flood risk whilst securing wider environmental and social benefits.
In addition to capital, projects we are involved in are the delivery of Strategic Assessments, Programmes, Incident response and supporting communities in periods of extreme weather.
Our member partners each bring to the joint venture experienced teams of highly skilled professionals across a wide-range of relevant disciplines.
- VolkerStevin – providing civil engineering construction
- Boskalis Westminster – providing dredging and coastal construction
- Atkins – providing engineering design and consultancy
This allows VBA to offer clients, such as the Environment Agency, Welsh Government, internal drainage boards, local authorities and Defra delivery bodies, a full end-to-end service, incorporating strategy assessments, environmental assessments, design, Early Supplier Engagement, programming, construction, refurbishment, commissioning, handover and maintenance. At all stages we function as an integrated team both internally and with our clients, giving advice on construction techniques, logistics, programming, environmental impact, health and safety mitigation measures and risk analysis.
We deliver a diverse range of flood and coastal erosion risk management functions, including designing and constructing piled and concrete flood defence walls, earth embankments, tidal barriers, coastal groynes, breakwaters, revetments, pumping stations, mechanical and electrical works, de-mountable flood protection systems, lock gates, flood storage reservoirs, culverts and sluice gates. We also deliver emergency works, river re-alignment, dredging, beach nourishment, habitat protection and creation, and hard and soft landscaping works associated with the flood defences we build.