Future opportunity

Mapping and Modelling Framework

  • Defra Network eTendering Portal

F01: Prior information notice (prior information only)

Notice reference: 2021/S 000-021213

Published 26 August 2021, 10:45pm

Section one: Contracting authority

one.1) Name and addresses

Defra Network eTendering Portal

17 Nobel House






+44 2072385921


United Kingdom

NUTS code

UK - United Kingdom

Internet address(es)

Main address


one.3) Communication

Additional information can be obtained from the above-mentioned address

one.4) Type of the contracting authority

National or federal Agency/Office

one.5) Main activity


Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

Mapping and Modelling Framework

Reference number


two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 71311100 - Civil engineering support services

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

The Environment Agency intends to appoint a replacement to its existing Mapping and Modelling Framework (MMF) and, prior to commencing the formal procurement exercise, wishes to notify the market of the upcoming opportunity, identify the level of interest in the new framework, and invite supplier feedback on the proposed approach.

Suppliers are invited to take part in a short survey, details of which are included below.

two.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: £13,000,000

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.2) Description

two.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

  • 71351900 - Geology, oceanography and hydrology services
  • 79415200 - Design consultancy services

two.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS codes
  • UK - United Kingdom
Main site or place of performance

Appointed Contractors will be required to deliver projects in all areas of England.

two.2.4) Description of the procurement

A high-level scope of services is detailed below.

The framework will have a four year duration with an estimated value of £13m and will be available for use by other Risk Management Authorities.

Suppliers should note that mapping and modelling works related to planned construction projects for the EA are unlikely to be delivered via this framework, with these being delivered under the EA’s Collaborative Delivery Framework. This framework will focus more on flood and coastal erosion modelling, forecasting and flood hydrology improvements, and national/catchment scale modelling, mapping and forecasting projects not linked to the development and delivery of schemes that contribute to the target to reduce risk to 336,000 properties in the 6 year capital programme (noting that this approach is likely to differ for other RMA’s that may use the framework and which may therefore include pre-construction modelling).


The Agency’s intention is to appoint four/ five suppliers to a single national Lot, providing a centralised and consistent national approach to deliver all requirements. The Agency expects that the majority of work delivered under the framework will be appointed following mini-competition between all suppliers appointed.

It is intended that call-offs will use the NEC4 Professional Service Contract.


Effective emergency/ contingency support is critical for the successful delivery of the MMF and the EA is considering two options around this:

1: Suppliers provide a ‘best endeavours’ approach

2: Inclusion of a formal 24/7 standby system ahead of weather events and projected incidents.

two.2.14) Additional information

The scope of services includes:

- Modelling (Fluvial, Tidal, Open Coast, Continuous Simulation, Overtopping, Surface Water, Groundwater, Sewer, Whole System, Weather)

- Wave transformation analysis

- Surge analysis

- Hydrology

- Model Peer Review

- NPPF Flood Risk Assessment Checking


- Survey and Mapping Services

- Incident Management and Emergency Planning

two.3) Estimated date of publication of contract notice

10 November 2021

Section four. Procedure

four.1) Description

four.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

Section six. Complementary information

six.3) Additional information

The EA invites interested suppliers to register their interest in this opportunity and take part in a short survey to assist with shaping the future framework.

Please email adam.wdowik@environment-agency.gov.uk to register your interest and request a link to the survey. Please use 'MMF survey' in the title/subject of your email.

The survey will close on 16th September 2021.