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Framework wins with SCAPE

23.08.21

SCAPE, one of the UK’s leading public sector procurement authorities, has announced the seven contractors that will deliver up to £14billion of capital expenditure via its Net Zero ready construction frameworks, following the conclusion of a rigorous procurement process. McLaughlin & Harvey is delighted to have been appointed to the SCAPE Construction framework (Northern Ireland project values £7.5m to £75m) and SCAPE Scotland Construction framework (project values £7.5m+).

Having procured over £170m of projects through the previous framework, this announcement brings further opportunities for partnership and collaboration with SCAPE and their clients. Projects currently in progress using the SCAPE Construction | National Construction framework include a new care home in Stornoway, the Nucleus Building for University of Edinburgh, and in Bearsden the Allander Leisure & Day Care Centre and Boclair Academy.

With close alignment to the government’s Construction Playbook and a focus on climate action response via the built environment, these frameworks are intended to offer a better way to build and refurbish the public estate, whilst stimulating local economic activity.

We were selected for our ability to deliver against SCAPE’s long held and lofty standards in construction quality, safety, and efficiency; as well as our ability to deliver truly sustainable development through social value, environmental improvement and positive economic impact in communities. The framework has been carefully designed to enable clients to benefit from industry transformation, with consideration towards digital construction, platform design and modern methods of construction.

Clients will benefit from a number of innovative features in the new frameworks, offering more procurement options and enhanced control of their projects including:

  • A unique parallel lotting structure, offering a choice of delivery partner while retaining the free early engagement and direct award experience that was pioneered by SCAPE
  • A new lifecycle contract form, ideal for retrofit or new build, supporting clients with energy conservation and the operational efficiency and performance of their assets beyond the construction phase for up to five years. The new feature, which completes the frameworks’ ‘Net Zero ready’ offer, will help to build and validate a client’s business case for low carbon buildings, and address the historic performance gap between design aspiration and in use performance of assets
  • A new commercial model that includes a standard pricing template to provide greater transparency, while contractors will also commit to 19-day (or better) payment terms for their supply chain partners
  • Enhanced tailoring of project KPIs and success criteria for every project, leveraging the Construction Innovation Hub’s Value Toolkit to define success for the client
  • Support from SCAPE’s dedicated framework management team, with performance in delivery measured against market-leading benchmarks for environmental performance, sustainability, social value and the use of local supply chains

SCAPE’s next generation of frameworks build on the success of the SCAPE Construction | National Construction and SCAPE Construction | Minor Works frameworks, which both expire in September 2021.

Adrian Hill, Acting Deputy Managing Director at SCAPE, said “Construction shapes the world around us and right now the public sector is focussed on creating a better built environment. Whether that’s through excellence in sustainability or projects that leave a positive legacy for a local community, this is their goal, and our new frameworks will help them to get there quickly and efficiently. The contractors selected submitted bids of an outstanding quality and they now have an opportunity to set new standards of excellence and return significant value to the public sector from its investment.”

John Simons, Acting Group Procurement Director at SCAPE, said “Our next generation of frameworks are designed to empower the public sector at a time when it is not only playing a critical role in the recovery from the pandemic, but also helping tackle our climate emergency and delivering construction projects that create value for all in society. We have built on more than 15 years of experience to bring in new innovations, greater control and choice so that our colleagues in the public sector can meet their increasingly complex and multi-layered objectives, whilst still allowing them to do so through our proactively managed direct award model and its foundations of rigour and compliance.”

Phil Cheevers, McLaughlin & Harvey Group Chief Executive, said “We are delighted to be continuing to work in partnership with SCAPE on their new construction framework. We look forward to working collaboratively with the SCAPE team, partners and clients in the delivery of this construction framework, providing high quality, value for money projects and real community benefits and sustainable outcomes for local communities.”

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