Scape Group announces winner of £350m Built Environment Consultancy Services framework

Scape Group, the public sector owned built environment specialist, has appointed Perfect Circle – a consortium comprising Pick Everard, Gleeds and AECOM – to lead its new National Built Environment Consultancy Services (BECS) framework.

This is the first time a joint venture has been appointed by Scape and the three partners will work together, supported by an extensive local supply chain, to deliver vital public sector projects. Worth £350 million over four years, the BECS framework offers the broadest range of consultancy services available to the public sector.

As with all of Scape’s frameworks, Perfect Circle was selected through an OJEU-compliant tender process based on an evaluation of cost and quality, as well as a rigorous set of social, economic and environmental sustainability criteria. The consortium was developed exclusively to serve this new national framework.

The new framework unites and extends the services available under Scape’s two existing frameworks: the National Asset Management, Surveying & Design Services framework and the National Project Management and Quantity Surveying framework.

The decision to create one wide-ranging consultancy services framework was based on an assessment of the challenges currently facing the public sector, which include a shortage of internal industry specialists and an increased demand for consultancy expertise against a backdrop of sustained budgetary challenges. The provision of such an extensive range of services under one framework simplifies access – offering speed of appointment and cost efficiency – whilst offering an extensive basis of skills and expertise to the public sector.

Approximately 150 SMEs will support the consortium as supply chain partners with 27,000 discipline experts spanning the group. Perfect Circle has also specifically committed to creating significant opportunities for micro businesses. In order to enhance communications between these various stakeholders Perfect Circle will create a web-based collaborative platform, providing a single portal for exchange of information between partners, suppliers, Scape, authorities and construction partners.

Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, commented:

“Every single day our public sector clients have to balance two competing forces – the rising demand for services from a growing population and, on the other hand, diminishing internal resources. In the current uncertain economic climate, rapid appointment, access to the right skills and advice to get the best from the public estate will be absolutely critical, which is why we have created this new all-encompassing framework, which has been uniquely designed to deliver exceptional results to our public sector colleagues.

“The bid submissions received for the framework were of exceptional quality and it was a close competition. As a result, we took the decision to extend the Alcatel period in order to provide the appropriate depth of feedback to all unsuccessful bidders, so that the outcome of the evaluation could be fully understood. I would like to extend my thanks to all bid teams for their efforts in putting forward excellent offers.

“The Perfect Circle partnership delivered the most economically advantageous tender and, supported by an extensive local supply chain, will provide the best level of service to our public sector clients. The team has not only demonstrated the combined skills and expertise to deliver the highest quality projects for the public sector, but has shown a wide-ranging commitment to sustainably improving communities, including through an extensive school work placement programme, charitable commitments and local employment opportunities.

“In addition to measuring this framework against monetary and time-saving criteria we will also be measuring against socio-economic criteria, which includes use of local businesses within the supply chain, minimum levels of local spend and apprenticeship creation.”

Duncan Green, chairman of Perfect Circle and managing partner at Pick Everard, said:

“Perfect Circle brings together three industry leading organisations – Pick Everard, Gleeds and AECOM – into a full service consultancy consortium that has the influence, scalability and expertise to make a significant and positive contribution to the challenges currently affecting the public sector.

“The consolidation of consultancy services into one framework presented a unique opportunity for our respective businesses to join forces and create an offering of unrivalled added value and efficient solutions nationwide.

“Local delivery through SMEs and local supply chain providers sits at the heart of our service offering, and will play an important role in further job creation, more community engagement, better collaboration and increased innovation.

“There are tremendously exciting times ahead, and we very much look forward to working in partnership with Scape to meet the need of public sector clients and their communities.”

The services available under the BECS framework include, but are not limited to:

  • Project management
  • Quantity surveying
  • Building surveying
  • Commercial surveying
  • Architecture and design services
  • Civil and structural engineering
  • Electrical and mechanical engineering
  • Health and safety
  • Highways consultancy and engineering services
  • Strategic asset management

Scape currently operates a suite of seven national frameworks, including the new BECS framework, with one more under procurement – the National Construction framework. To date, the Scape National Frameworks have facilitated £1.62 billion of local spend within 20 miles of project sites and are governed by exacting key performance indicators for levels of SME inclusion and use of local supply chains.

The National Asset Management, Surveying & Design Services framework and the National Project Management and Quantity Surveying framework both expire on 30 September 2016.

For more information on Scape Group’s live and upcoming procurement activities please see the Live Procurement page.