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Balfour secures £2.1bn Scape frameworks

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Balfour Beatty has been appointed as the sole contractor for two civil engineering frameworks with a total value of £2.1bn.

Public sector procurement specialist Scape has selected Balfour Beatty to work on its £1.6bn England, Wales and Northern Ireland civil engineering framework and its £500M Scottish equivalent. 

The two new frameworks will replace Scape’s existing £1.5bn national civil engineering and infrastructure framework which expires in January next year. 

Scape managing director Victoria Brambini said: “This was a highly competitive procurement and the quality of bids for both frameworks were extremely high.

“Balfour Beatty demonstrated the right combination of civil engineering expertise and capacity in both regions and were able to provide outstanding commitment to add value through innovation and investments that will enhance the levels of private sector spend on community benefits and social value, including significant opportunities for local small businesses to engage in public sector construction.”

Balfour Beatty has been working as the sole contractor on the £1.5bn framework since 2015.

The two new frameworks are set to run for four years from October 2018, with schemes due to be awarded from early 2019.

Balfour Beatty is set to lead these projects while subcontracting through local supply chains.

Balfour Beatty group chief executive Leo Quinn added: “These frameworks enable us to build on our strong partnership with Scape.

“Our engineering and project management expertise coupled with our detailed regional knowledge support Scape’s delivery of a wide range of rapidly mobilised infrastructure projects.

“Through our partnership we will continue to deliver added social value for the communities in which we operate by creating apprenticeship and trainee programmes, developing local supply chain spend and employment opportunities, and helping local authorities unlock vital regional growth.”

Scape will officially start the frameworks this month, with the first schemes to be awarded in the early part of next year.

Brambini has previously said that of Balfour’s sub-contractor spend on the framework, 85% should go to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and there is a strong emphasis on supporting local firms and labour. 

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