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Scape chief: 'We'd love to do a housing framework'

Scape Group will explore the possibility of launching a housing framework, Construction News can reveal.

The procurement body - whose existing frameworks cover major and minor buildings projects as well as civils and infrastructure work, consultancy and FM - wants to see more government spending earmarked for residential development before committing to any housing deal.

Nottingham-based Scape Group has been trading for more than a decade, offering a suite of OJEU-compliant frameworks available to public bodies across the UK.

Scape chief executive Mark Robinson told Construction News this week the group “would love to do a housing framework, or something like that, in the future”.

He added: “Our civils and infrastructure frameworks have done really well because we knew the government funding was going that way and spending more and more on infrastructure,” he said.

“For me, I don’t think there’s the same feeling for housing.”

Mr Robinson said the group would look into housing in the future.

“It’s a shame [the government] doesn’t invest more around housing,” he said. “We’ll look forward to the [autumn Budget] and see what the government says.”

The group is currently in the final stages of procuring its flagship £7bn national construction framework, which will replace the current £1.25bn major works deal.

Construction News reported in December 2016 that Bouygues, Graham, Interserve, Morgan Sindall, Ogilvie Construction, Robertson, Wates and Willmott Dixon were among those who had been invited to tender for the five-lot agreement.

Following publication of the housing white paper last month, housing minister Gavin Barwell called for contractors to show they could build houses quicker than developers.

Meanwhile, the Central Housing Investment Consortium is seeking interest in a £1.4bn framework to build thousands of prefabricated homes across huge swathes of Britain.

 

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