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Balfour Beatty appointed to the National Civil Engineering frameworks


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The appointments follow a highly competitive and rigorously assessed tender process that is compliant with UK, EU and Scottish procurement regulations.

The National Civil Engineering frameworks will operate for a total of four years and will provide direct access for any public sector organisation to a principal contractor for civil engineering and infrastructure projects with values between £50,000 and £100m+. As direct award frameworks, they will each be led by Balfour Beatty and delivered with essential sub-contracting through extensive local supply chains.

The two new frameworks will replace the existing National Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework, which expires in January 2019, awarded with a value of £1.5bn. Since its launch in 2015, the framework has been widely adopted by the public sector, with over 130 civil engineering projects commissioned across the UK to date. The framework has achieved 87% of its spend value within 40 miles and 98% of framework subcontractors were Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

This was a highly competitive procurement and the quality of bids for both frameworks were extremely high. Balfour Beatty demonstrated the right combination of civil engineering expertise and capacity in both regions, and were able to provide outstanding commitment to added value through innovation and investments that will enhance the levels of private sector spend on community benefits and social value, including significant opportunities for local businesses to engage in public sector construction.

Victoria Brambini, Managing Director at SCAPE Procure

Victoria Brambini continued: " We worked closely with local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) to develop each framework. Our public sector clients require partners who can engage early, get onsite quickly and are committed to delivering consistent levels of quality, cost certainty, local engagement and social value. We are confident that our next generation National Civil Engineering frameworks will continue to meet the highest expectations of our clients on even the most complex of projects.

We have increased the total value of our National Civil Engineering frameworks to £2.1bn to reflect the strong national pipeline of major infrastructure projects and created a dedicated Scottish framework, to reinforce our commitment to local delivery in Scotland, not least to ensure complete legislative compliance with regional variances. We are passionate about delivering social value in all areas of the UK, and we believe in local solutions that will unlock the true value of infrastructure investment for local communities.

We are very proud to have established a dedicated Contracting Authority in Scotland, SCAPE Procure Scotland, to meet the specific needs of Scotland’s public sector through our frameworks. We are now partnering with over 70 public sector organisations in Scotland and can assure them of our ongoing commitment to growing levels of support and unique services.

The establishment of this Authority goes beyond achieving compliance; we are committed to maintaining our investment in Scotland, as we seek to continue developing strong, collaborative relationships with the public sector so that together we can, enable wide-reaching efficiencies across their assets, infrastructure and estate.”

These frameworks enable us to build on our strong partnership with SCAPE. Our engineering and project management expertise coupled with our detailed regional knowledge supports SCAPE’s delivery of a wide range of rapidly mobilised infrastructure projects. Through our partnership we will continue to deliver added social value for the communities in which we operate by creating apprenticeship and trainee programmes, developing local supply chain spend and employment opportunities and helping local authorities unlock vital regional growth.

Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive