More than 50 suppliers have won a place on a massive new consultancy framework following on from competitive procurement exercises held by Edinburgh City Council.
This move is expected to unlock up to £95 million in architectural, engineering and project management contracts over the next four years. This will help to boost the local economy beyond COVID-19 as well as supporting state-of-the-art new schools, early years centres, sports facilities, and affordable housing across the Scottish capital.
Passivhaus Architects has been included in this framework and will ensure the new buildings are energy efficient. As well as this, it will make sure that the Edinburgh’s net zero carbon by 2030 target sits at the heart of al capital projects, while the Council’s commitment to prioritising small business spending has resulted in more than 70% of bidders being SMEs. Every supplier is also committed to paying the Living Wage and carrying out community benefits as part of any work which they secure.
Following approval from members of the Finance and Resources Committee on Thursday 29 October, plans for the Professional Services Framework will be finalised in the coming weeks.
Councillor Rob Munn, Finance and Resources Convener, said: “With over 180 bidders vying for a place, this is one of the biggest procurement exercises we’ve ever undertaken as a Council.
“We have an ambitious capital investment programme to make sure we build the schools, homes and community facilities Edinburgh needs for the future, and I’m confident that the successful suppliers we have listed offer the right mix of expertise to help us deliver on our aims.
“At a time when the Council faces great financial pressures, the flexibility offered by the new approach is also expected to generate efficiencies of more than £10 million over four years.”
Councillor Joan Griffiths, Vice Finance and Resources Convener, said: “The commitment of everyone under this framework to provide the Living Wage and put energy efficiency and community benefits at the centre of construction projects in Edinburgh is an important step and will help us make sure we work with our consultants to the benefit of local neighbourhoods.
“Now more than ever we need to put plans in place for a fair economic recovery – both on businesses and their employees, and on the future of our planet – so I’m pleased that we’ve also been able to secure so many quality SME suppliers. This has been a challenging time for the industry but the investment we’ll be making in Edinburgh’s future can support employment too.”
If you would like to read more like this, then please click here