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Scape to treble major works framework value to £1bn

Scape is seeking a contractor for its new national major works framework worth around £1 billion to replace the current deal with Willmott Dixon.

The local authority-controlled company is seeking contractors to bid for its new framework to replace the current deal with Willmott Dixon, which has almost reached its £350 million capacity.

Willmott Dixon won the first two instalments of the framework, including the latest deal in March 2010 when it fended off competition from Interserve, Kier, Balfour Beatty subsidiary Mansell, Miller and Vinci.

The new deal is estimated to be worth around £1bn over four years, with six shortlisted firms expected to be invited to full tender stage and a new contractor appointed by April 2013.

Scape chief executive officer Mark Robinson said: “The scope of the brief has been broadened out in response to feedback from our public sector clients.

“As well as looking for value for money, there will be a greater emphasis this time round for contractors to demonstrate their regeneration credentials.

“That’s because many of the schemes going through this framework aren’t simply about bricks and mortar; these are projects that are designed to inject much-needed growth into local economies by cutting out waste and bureaucracy.”

In addition to minor works, Scape currently also offers three other national frameworks – minor works (Kier), cost consultancy (Pick Everard) and professional services (Faithful + Gould).

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