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Scape infrastructure framework expands to £2bn

Scape’s civil engineering and infrastructure framework will be increased from £1.5bn in the current period to £2bn in 2019. 

The public sector framework provider says the fund has been increased in response to “the growing pipeline of major infrastructure projects”.

Scape managing director Victoria Brambini said: “The government has set out its plan to upgrade our national infrastructure, and our aspiration is to continue to provide a framework that allows time and cost certainty as well as delivering extensive social value for the public sector for every pound spent, including high levels of local spend, local employment and local apprenticeships.”

The current four-year framework expires in 2019 and procurement for the next four years will begin in January next year.

Scape’s Prior Information Notice for procurement is being published online today, while market awareness days for prospective bidders will be held in Edinburgh and London early next month.   

Preferred bidders will be announced next October, ready to start work in January 2019.

As well as its value being increased to £2bn, the framework will also be split into two lots, with £1.6bn for England, Northern Ireland and Wales, and £400m for Scotland.

Ms Brambini added: “Our decision to create a separate lot for projects in Scotland reflects the clear commitment of the Scottish Government to further their investment in infrastructure in a way that supports the local economy.

“We know through our engagement with Scotland’s public bodies that there is real passion and drive to achieve social value with the benefits of investment passing deep into local supply chain businesses.

“Our mission is to maximise both efficiency and social value delivery for the Scottish public sector and the local communities they serve.” 

The current £1.5bn civils and infrastructure framework has been led by Balfour Beatty since the contractor was appointed in January 2015.

Schemes have ranged in value from £1m to £40m and covered work from minor road repairs to new bridges, flood defence and other public sector assets.

Scape CEO Mark Robinson will be at the CN Summit on Thursday 22 November to present a framework case study as a model for better public sector procurement.

Prospective bidders can register their interest at scapegroup.co.uk/services/procure/live-procurement.

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