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Environment Agency awards multi-million plant hire framework

The Environment Agency has awarded a new framework for its hire equipment to A-Plant, Garic, Selwood, Flannery and Land & Water.

Following a comprehensive business review and keen competitive tender process, the suppliers have been appointed to provide expert support and equipment over the next six years, with the new framework providing added value through improved efficiencies, consolidated reporting and service levels.

Each of the suppliers have been awarded a category of equipment to supply, allowing the agency to work directly with industry experts in their respective fields.

A-Plant, the UK’s largest plant, tool and equipment hire company, will act as the dedicated and centralised managing agent for all supplying hire contractors, as well as providing scooping the plant equipment, site provision and agricultural plant category lots. A-Plant will supply excavators up to eight tonnes, forklifts, lighting, bowsers and generators, plus tractors, wood chippers and bank and remote control mowers.

Garic has been awarded the accommodation and welfare equipment contract, to supply toilets, storage units, and static and towable welfare units, while world leading pump manufacturer, Selwood, will provide static, towable and electric submersible pumps.

Flannery, working in partnership with award winning civil and environmental engineering experts, Land & Water, will provide operated and heavy plant equipment.

The framework is designed to provide substantial savings and exceptional levels of service to the Agency.

Dale Eynon, Director of DEFRA Group Fleet Services said: “Our new framework is anticipated to provide efficiencies and improved levels of service across many areas including; an improved supply chain, reduced cross hire, rate transparency, supports for Incident Response and the availability of the latest equipment technology and latest engine emissions.

“Due to this new approach we are also able to access competitive rates, great customer service and quality equipment.”

Dave Harris, Business Development Director at A-Plant commented: “We are delighted to extend our long standing and successful relationship with the Environment Agency (EA) through the framework awards announced today. We look forward to supporting the EA over the next six years, in our role both as contract managing agent and as hire equipment provider. We feel the service and value our team provides has contributed to this outcome and to ensure the EA’s objectives are delivered, they will continue to work closely with each of the other hire category suppliers and the EA teams across England.”

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