£7bn Scape national construction framework off to a successful start

Public sector procurement group Scape has announced that more than £1.1bn of projects have been given the go ahead in the first six months of its £7bn national construction framework.

The new lot structure for the framework, designed to deliver services by geography and value band, will be worth up to £7bn across four years. The construction partners, which were announced in April, are Willmott Dixon, Robertson, Wates and Lendlease, who will work with a supply chain network of over 70,000 SMEs. 

The framework established will help to deliver a wide range of projects including regeneration schemes, new primary and secondary schools, universities and colleges, hospitals, central government buildings and housing to cater for the changing needs of the UK population.

Some of the projects already confirmed include Liverpool City Council’s Venmore Dementia Hub in Anfield and the refurbishment of Bolton’s Octagon Theatre (pictured above), both led by Wilmott Dixon. The Octagon Theatre project will enlarge and modernise the building enabling thousands more people to enjoy watching leading artists for another 50 years, while 55 new affordable homes will be delivered by Robertson as part of the regeneration of Raploch for Stirling City Council.

Victoria Brambini, managing director of Scape Procure, said: “We launched the Scape national construction framework in May of this year to add both depth and breadth to our national offer, including a greater presence than ever before in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“Such a strong pipeline of projects as we complete mobilisation is a real vote of confidence in our approach and the value our frameworks deliver for the public sector. By using the local supply chain, our frameworks ensure the benefits of public investment are maximised within local economies, while the creation of 20,000 new apprenticeships will deliver a long-term investment in people and a permanent legacy for local communities.”

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