The Asset Refurbishment Programme of Works (ARPW)

Asset Management

One of the biggest challenges facing the Environment Agency (EA) is how it manages and maintains existing assets in an efficient and effective way, showing value for money and challenging established ways of delivery to provide more for the communities which the assets protect.

Set up in October 2014, the JBA Bentley Team in Peterborough have been delivering the Asset Refurbishment Programme of Works (ARPW) which provides longevity to assets across Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.

JBA Bentley believes that demonstrating value for money is key and current asset management approaches need a shift from ‘find and fix’, to ‘predict and prevent’. We have been helping the EA achieve this, preventing failures before they occur, integrating asset management with cost forecasting and achieving certainty on maintenance and residual life through wise spend.

Managing client expectations

The client required a programme combining delivery with value for money, focusing on only doing what is necessary to extend the residual life of assets. Strong programme management has allowed us to innovate, be cost effective and meet the needs of our client, showing that delivery is achievable without always providing a gold plated solution. The success of this is validated by achieving a construction programme of works on the ground that has been continuous throughout the year, constantly delivering and ensuring continuity of resource, quality and safety.

Through the joint venture partnership with JBA Bentley, the team have delivered co-located detailed designs and construction works in a truly integrated design and build environment. The EA’s asset portfolio is diverse and consequently schemes tackled have included:

  • Flood wall repairs
  • Bridge strengthening works
  • Waterways structures inspections
  • Ecological impact assessments and mitigations
  • Mechanical and electrical works
  • Reservoir compliance work
  • Fish passage
  • Embankment reinforcement and repairs
  • Dredging works
  • Syphon repairs
  • Sea outfall repairs


The programme of works has given the team the opportunity to work efficiently and provide flexibility to incorporate additional works. This programming has been critical to successful project delivery on ARPW and needed to consider as a minimum:

  • Importance/criticality of assets/defences
  • Geographic location of sites
  • Types of work
  • Risks and opportunities
  • Resource availability
  • Health, Safety and Environment

Marginal gains is not a new concept however it is clear on a programme of works, where the opportunity to make small improvements on each scheme exists, how continual marginal improvements can add up to make significant gains. The team has capitalised on this, achieving forecast and realised efficiencies of 15% against their current turnover. In addition to this, efficient programming has allowed our team to reduce its costs, delivery duration and carbon footprint by streamlining and combining similar construction activities and resources to deliver the works.

The programme is currently forecast at £18M and the team have delivered 50 schemes within the last 2 years protecting properties, critical infrastructure and prime agricultural land from both fluvial and tidal flooding. The success has meant that a 2-year extension has been awarded as we aim to continue to improve and deliver increased efficiencies in the future.

Want to find out more?

Interested in asset management, this programme and how these efficiencies and improved working can be achieved elsewhere? Contact Gareth Mills

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