Scape announces £350m consultancy framework winner

Procurement specialists Scape Group has appointed Perfect Circle, a consortium comprising Pick Everard, Gleeds and AECOM, to lead its new National Built Environment Consultancy Services (BECS) framework.

The framework will deliver up to £350m of professional services over four years to a range of public clients.

The appointment of Perfect Circle is the first time a joint venture has been appointed by Scape, and the three partners will work together, supported by an extensive local supply chain, to deliver vital public sector projects.

As with all of Scape’s frameworks, Perfect Circle was selected through an OJEU-compliant tender process based on an evaluation of cost and quality, as well as a rigorous set of social, economic and environmental sustainability criteria.

The new BECS framework will unite and extend the services that are available under two of Scape’s existing frameworks: the National Asset Management, Surveying & Design Services framework and the National Project Management and Quantity Surveying framework. The decision to create one wide-ranging consultancy services framework will simplify access - offering speed of appointment and cost efficiency - whilst also offering an extensive basis of skills and expertise to the public sector.

Commenting on the announcement, Mark Robinson, Scape Group chief executive, said: “In the current uncertain economic climate, rapid appointment, access to the right skills and advice to get the best from the public estate will be absolutely critical. This is why we have created this all-encompassing framework, uniquely designed to deliver exceptional results to our public sector colleagues.  

“The bid submissions received for the framework were of exceptional quality and it was a close competition, however the Perfect Circle partnership delivered the most economically advantageous tender, and supported by an extensive local supply chain, will provide the best level of service to our public sector clients.”

Robinson said that in addition to measuring the framework against monetary and time-saving criteria, they will also be measuring against socio-economic criteria, including use of local businesses within the supply chain, minimum levels of local spend and apprenticeship creation.

Approximately 150 SMEs will support the consortium as supply chain partners, with 27,000 discipline experts spanning the group. Perfect Circle has also specifically committed to creating significant opportunities for micro businesses. 

Duncan Green, Chairman of Perfect Circle and Managing Partner at Pick Everard said: “Perfect Circle brings together three industry leading organisations into a full service consortium that has the influence, scalability and expertise to make a significant and positive contribution to the challenges currently affecting the public sector.

“The consolidation of consultancy services into one framework presented a unique opportunity for our respective businesses to join forces and create an offering of unrivalled added value and efficient solutions nationwide. Local delivery through SMEs and local supply chain providers sits at the heart of our service offering, and will play a significant role in future community engagement and increased innovation.”

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