Principal contractor appointed to £750bn civil engineering framework 

Mark Robinson (SCAPE)

SCAPE Scotland, one of the UK’s leading public sector procurement authorities, has announced the appointment of Balfour Beatty to deliver up to £750m of major civil engineering works across the country via its next generation civil engineering framework. 

Running for a period of four years from 2023, with an option to be extended for a further two years until 2029, the appointment follows the success of SCAPE Scotland’s existing framework which has commissioned more than 40 projects to date for public sector clients across Scotland. These include the North Bridge refurbishment in Edinburgh and the Stockingfield Bridge project in Glasgow.

The third-generation, direct award framework 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.

SMEs will sit at the heart of the new framework, with Balfour Beatty expected to 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 Scottish public sector organisations to prioritise working with local specialists.

Mark Robinson, group chief executive at SCAPE Scotland, said: “The delivery of major infrastructure projects that enrich communities and leave a lasting legacy is a key component of the Government’s regeneration strategy, ‘achieving a sustainable future’.

“Our next generation framework not only maintains our fundamental commitment to rigorous compliance but has been designed to create opportunities and prioritise local spend – securing the supply of work for local SMEs right across the country. We will also collaborate closely Balfour Beatty to support our clients’ net zero ambitions through tailored carbon management.”

“The strength of our partnership with Balfour Beatty has accelerated the delivery of much needed Civil Engineering infrastructure via our direct award framework and I have no doubt that this will continue to be achieved through the Civil Engineering framework over the next four years.”

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