Scape Group has begun the race for places on its reprocured £2.1bn public sector civil engineering frameworks.
The procurer has issued the contract notices for two seperate lots: a four-year £1.6bn civil engineering and infrastructure framework for projects in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; and a £500M framework for Scottish projects, also for four years.
The frameworks will replace the current £1.5bn contract, which is being delivered by Balfour Beatty and which is due to expire at the end of January next year. The existing framework has been used for nearly 100 projects since 2015.
The deadline for prequalification questionnaires for the new two part framework is 30 March, with evaluation due to take place in April and May. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to tender in May, with interviews scheduled for August. The Notification of Intent to Award will be published in September before being confirmed in October.
The frameworks will be open to central government departments, the police, fire and health service, local authorities and other public bodies and will include works for civil engineering and infrastructure projects.
Scape Procure managing director Victoria Brambini told New Civil Engineer that the new frameworks will require 85% of subcontracted spend to be with small and medium enterprises (SMEs). She said: “There’s a suite of key performance indicators (KPIs) within all frameworks which say the winners must commit to using local labour”.
A prior information notice was published in November last year. At the time Brambini 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 separate framework 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 added.