Kier has been selected to deliver up to £1bn worth of work in new build and refurbishment work under the Scape National Minor Work framework.
Scape is a local authority controlled company charged with bringing economy and efficiency to the building process through the development of standard designs and strategic procurement arrangements.
Kier is expected to deliver more than 2,500 projects valued under £500,000 and at least 350 projects valued between £500,000 and £2m.
Projects will include refurbishment and new build works on every public sector building type including schools, town halls, leisure and community buildings, police and fire stations, through the framework which can be accessed by any public body.
Kier Group chief executive Paul Sheffield commented: “We are delighted to have been selected as Scape’s delivery partner for our unique approach. Delivering through our nationwide network of local offices means we can create work for local SMEs who in turn can offer local employment and apprenticeship opportunities.
“This, coupled with our national buying power and resources, will ensure that our local authority clients get value for money on all our Scape Minor Works projects, invigorating local economies, benefitting the SME supply chain and the local communities where we work.”
Scape chief executive Mark Robinson added: “This is Scape’s first £1bn framework and the only one in the UK to deliver a national offering for projects up to £2m. At a very challenging time for public sector budgets this framework has been created to help drive down building procurement costs to helpmaximise savings.”
The UK-wide projects, due to start before the end of the year, will be delivered through Kier’s regional businesses.
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