SCAPE has appointed a principal contractor to its new four-year civil engineering framework.
Balfour Beatty was awarded the £3.25Bn Civil Engineering framework for England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as the £750M framework for Scotland – managed and operated by SCAPE Scotland, following the success of the existing frameworks which have commissioned more than 250 projects to date for public sector clients across the UK.
This third-generation of frameworks will empower local authorities and public sector organisations to progress the delivery of sustainably designed major infrastructure projects – including roads, rail, flood and coastal, broadband and electric vehicle infrastructure – with no defined upper limit for project value.
Works commissioned under the previous frameworks include the Regent Street flyover replacement in Leeds, and the Wokingham Major Highways programme.
The direct award, gold standard frameworks will more than double the capacity of civil infrastructure-focused activity procured through SCAPE. The procurement authority is currently accelerating the delivery of more than 1,800 publicly funded projects in the built environment across the UK.
SMEs will sit at the heart of the new frameworks, with Balfour Beatty expected to collaborate and engage with an extensive supply chain of local businesses. SCAPE has designed the framework to facilitate better access for small companies onto major public sector contracts, while also allowing public organisations to prioritise working with local specialists.
Utilising early contractor engagement, Balfour Beatty will ensure that the best value design solutions are in place, driving efficiencies and helping to transform local communities and support both regional and national economic growth.
“Our Civil Engineering frameworks have been designed to give our public sector colleagues greater control over the delivery of value-led infrastructure, which includes prioritising SME spend, incorporating social value and keeping the pound local.” Said Mark Robinson, group chief executive at SCAPE
Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive, said: “Our unique end-to-end Group capabilities position us perfectly to deliver the wide variety of public sector projects that are expected to come to market in the coming years.
“With a long-standing history of successful delivery through the SCAPE Group frameworks, we now look forward to continuing on this positive trajectory; working with our customers to drive forward innovative, sustainable projects across the length and breadth of the UK.”
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