Clients to harness value toolkit as £14bn Scape framework winners announced

Scape has named seven favoured contractors to deliver up to £14bn of projects through its next-generation suite of construction frameworks.

With close alignment to the government’s Construction Playbook and a focus on climate action response via the built environment, the suite of frameworks is intended to offer a better way to build and refurbish the public estate and includes a number of new features.

These include better tailoring of project KPIs and success criteria for every project, leveraging the Construction Innovation Hub’s Value Toolkit – a new selection methodology to ensure widest criteria is used rather than lowest price.

Scape says the frameworks have been carefully designed to enable clients to benefit from industry transformation, with consideration towards digital construction, platform design and modern methods of construction.

Graham, Kier, McLaughlin & Harvey, Mace, Morgan Sindall, Sisk and Willmott Dixon have been appointed to deliver the Scape construction framework for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, worth up to £12bn.

In addition, Morgan Sindall, Kier and McLaughlin & Harvey will deliver the £2bn Scotland construction framework. Each partner will be supported by an extensive local supply chain.

The overhaul of Scape frameworks sees previous incumbents Lendlease, Robertson and Wates drop out, making way for newcomers Mace, Sisk and Graham

Scape frameworks – total spend £14bn

England, Wales & Northern Ireland – Project value £75m+
Mace, John Sisk

England & Wales – Project value: £7.5m – £75m
Morgan Sindall, Willmott Dixon

England & Wales – Project value: up to £7.5m
Kier, Morgan Sindall

Northern Ireland – Project value: £7.5m – £75m
McLaughlin & Harvey

Northern Ireland – Project value: up to £7.5m

Scotland – Project value £7.5m-plus
McLaughlin & Harvey, Morgan Sindall

Scotland – Project value up to £7.5m
Kier, Morgan Sindall

The four-year net zero-ready public works frameworks will accelerate the delivery of new build and refurbishment projects of all values from September 2021 to 2025.

Clients will benefit from several innovative features in the frameworks:

  • A unique parallel lotting structure, offering a choice of two contractors while retaining the free early engagement and direct award.
  • A new lifecycle contract form, supporting clients with energy conservation and the operational efficiency and performance of their assets beyond the construction phase for up to five years. The new feature, which completes the frameworks’ ‘net zero ready’ offer, will help to build and validate a client’s business case for low carbon buildings, and address the historic performance gap between design and in-use building performance.
  • A new commercial model that includes a standard pricing template for greater transparency. Contractors will also commit to 19-day (or better) payment terms for their supply chain partners.
  • Enhanced tailoring of project KPIs and success criteria for every project, leveraging the Construction Innovation Hub’s Value Toolkit to define success for the client.
  • Support from SCAPE’s dedicated framework management team, with performance in delivery measured against market-leading benchmarks for environmental performance, sustainability, social value and the use of local supply chains.

Adrian Hill, acting deputy managing director at Scape, said: “The contractors selected submitted bids of an outstanding quality and they now have an opportunity to set new standards of excellence and return significant value to the public sector from its investment.”

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