Scape group invites bidders for its £2bn civils framework

Scape Group, the public sector procurement specialist, has opened up bidding for its £1.6bn civil engineering and infrastructure framework which aims to deliver projects across the country.

The framework will be open to use by public sector clients across England, Northern Ireland and Wales, while Scotland will have a separate framework. Scape say the second generation framework will deliver major civil engineering and infrastructure projects across the United Kingdom, with an increased total value to £2bn, including the creation of a dedicated £500m lot specifically for the public sector in Scotland. The upper value of the civil engineering and infrastructure frameworks is proposed to be £2.1bn over a four-year period.

The increased value of the four-year framework and its division into two lots reflects the growing pipeline of major infrastructure projects. The framework deals will include a range of engineering and construction works, such as construction of pipelines and water projects. Winners of the contracts are set to be announced later this year in October.

Victoria Brambini, managing director of Scape Procure, said: “The government has set out its plan to upgrade our national infrastructure, and our aspiration is to continue to provide a framework that allows time and cost certainty as well as delivering extensive social value for the public sector for every pound spent, including high levels of local spend, local employment and local apprenticeships.”

The first generation of the framework was secured by Balfour Beatty in and has been responsible for nearly 100 major projects across the country. The new framework will allow the successful delivery partner(s) a three month mobilisation period to establish methods, processes and train teams, ready to engage with clients and take project enquiries as the current framework moves towards expiry at the end of January 2019.

Commenting on the separate procurement in Scotland, Brambini added: “Our decision to create a separate lot for projects in Scotland reflects the clear commitment of the Scottish Government to further their investment in infrastructure in a way that supports the local economy. We know through our engagement with Scotland’s public bodies that there is real passion and drive to achieve social value with the benefits of investment passing deep into local supply chain businesses. Our mission is to maximise both efficiency and social value delivery for the Scottish public sector and the local communities they serve.”

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