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£2bn infrastructure framework unveiled


Scape Group has published details of its £2bn civil engineering and infrastructure framework.

A Prior Information Notice for the Scape National Framework, which will run for four years from October next year, was published today.

The framework will include a total lot value of £1.6bn in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and a £400M lot specifically for the public sector in Scotland.

Scape Procure managing director Victoria Brambini said: “Across the United Kingdom there is a growing need for investment in infrastructure that is vital to unlocking long-term regional growth, bringing local economies closer together and ultimately strengthening communities.

“Greater connectivity for towns, cities and rural areas is vital in helping them to thrive, and local authorities are rightly ambitious for what can be achieved in their areas.

“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.”

Brambini said the Scape framework has been commissioned for almost 100 major projects across the UK since January 2015 and has “delivered high levels of social value” with 82% of supply chain spend within 10 miles of projects, 70% of local labour within 20 miles and 94% of suppliers are SMEs.

The separate £400M lot for Scottish projects “reflects the clear commitment of the Scottish Government to further their investment in infrastructure in a way that supports the local economy”, she said.

Brambini added: “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.”

Bidders are invited to tender for either individual or both lots and the framework is also open to consortium bids on the Tenders Electronic Daily procurement platform.

Market awareness days will be held in Edinburgh and London in December this year and an OJEU Contract Notice will be published in January next year with preferred bidders announced in October.

The successful delivery partners will be given a three-month mobilisation period to establish methods, processes and train teams.

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