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Balfour named sole contractor on £2.1bn Scape frameworks

Balfour Beatty has been appointed sole contractor on two Scape frameworks worth £2.1bn.

The UK’s largest contractor was chosen by the public sector procurement body for its £1.6bn England, Wales and Northern Ireland civil engineering framework and its £500m Scottish equivalent.

The two new deals replace Scape’s existing £1.5bn National Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Framework, which expires in January next year.

Balfour Beatty has been working as the sole contractor on this framework since 2015.

The new deals will operate for four years and can be used by any public sector organisations looking to deliver civil engineering or infrastructure projects worth between £50,000 and £100m.

Scape will officially start the framework this month, with the first schemes to be awarded in the early part of next year. Balfour Beatty will lead these projects while subcontracting through local supply chains.

Scape’s current national framework has seen more than 130 projects procured through it, with 98 per cent of all subcontractors used by Balfour being SMEs.

Today’s apppointment marks the second major award by Scape this year, after the procurement body announced winners on its £1.1bn regional construction framework.

A total of 11 contractors won places on the framework, including GF Tomlinson, Morgan Sindall, RG Carter and Seddon Construction.

In April last year Scape named Lendlease, Robertson, Willmott Dixon and Wates as the four winners on its £7bn National Construction framework.

Scape Procure 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 Group chief executive Leo Quinn said: “These frameworks enable us to build on our strong partnership with Scape.

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

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