Scape Framework

What is Scape?

Scape is a leading public sector procurement authority which offers a suite of fully managed frameworks that are available to any public body in the UK, such as schools, councils and NHS trusts. Its direct award frameworks are fully OJEU compliant and are designed to accelerate your projects and deliver them to the highest possible standard.

Scape appoints contractors after an in-depth scrutiny process, so straight away, you’ll be able to start a conversation with a delivery team of the highest calibre, supported by an extensive local supply chain. It also ensures added social and economic value are built in to construction projects from the very start.

Lindum is an approved Scape contractor and would be delighted to talk to you about your upcoming project.

What are the key benefits?

Using Scape to procure your public sector project has many benefits. Including:

Speed – Its frameworks are already OJEU compliant, meaning you can get up and running quicker.

Certainty – Scape offers market leading cost and time guarantees. Over 100 projects have been delivered in the last two years and 100 per cent were on time and budget. In comparison, tendered public sector schemes are delivered late and/or over budget more than 50% of the time (ref Glenigans).

Expert advice – Free feasibility reports provide clients with upfront advice on cost, time and risk

Accountability – Lindum assesses each contract via 22 key performance indicators. Scape’s bi-annual audits ensure that Lindum up-hold our framework commitments.

Ease of use – The frameworks provides a one-stop-shop for all pre-construction and delivery activities: There is no requirement for client project management.

Value for money – Added social value and economic benefit are built into the frameworks.

Risks management – Risks are assessed and reduced throughout the pre-construction process: Open-book and collaborative sub-contractor tender process ensures clients’ needs are considered throughout.

Client satisfaction questionnaires are issued at the end of pre-construction and delivery stages, allowing you to score your experience.

Value for money

Lindum spent 12 months tendering to be part of the Scape framework. We were competing against other main contractors and won our place by offering best value to Scape and partnering authorities. The process means that Scape project costs are amongst the most competitive in the market. As well as pre-defined and competitive overhead and profit percentages, all project costs are market-tested.

How does it work in practice?

There are four principal stages: Feasibility, Pre-construction, Construction, Post-construction

Feasibility

Lindum will produce an initial Feasibility Report that will include key project considerations such as budget costs for surveys & design, lead times to start on site, budget costs for construction works, duration on site, advice on risk / contingency allowances by using our extensive in-house construction expertise. Best of all this is a free service! As client you will not make any financial or contractual commitment to benefit from this service and it should help you establish what is possible with your time and budget.

Pre-construction

If our Feasibility Report aligns with your budget and programme requirements we will enter into a Pre-construction contract that allows us to arrange the necessary surveys & design work we need in order for us to market test our initial budget costs. This will only require you to make a financial and contractual commitment to the value of the pre-construction activities (surveys & design), not the full value of construction works.

Once we have the surveys completed and the designs developed we will then undertake a competitive tendering process for each of the supply-chain works packages and will produce a tender comparison document that allows us to work with you, in an open-book and collaborative way to select the most appropriate sub-contractors. The selected sub-contract quotations will be combined with our people costs to provide you with a robust fixed price for Delivery.

Construction

Assuming that we have been able to price the works in line with your budget and specification, only then do we require a financial and contractual commitment for the value of the construction works. This contract is usually based on a fixed price to give reassurance that we will not exceed your budget, but will also have some task specific risk items / contingency allowances that further protect your position, resulting in no financial or programme surprises.

Post-construction

We understand the needs of our clients. We know how important it is to complete our work to a zero defects standard before handing the building or rooms over for use. We also recognise the need for staff and building users to be trained on how to get the most from their new space. We therefore offer a soft-landing where each of the specialist supply-chain partners will take the time to demonstrate how to operate and maintain your new electrical installations, plumbing systems and new equipment. For any unforeseen issues that arise after handover we also commit a site manager to your project for 2 weeks after completion so we can react quickly to manage the situation.

Do I still need 3 quotes?

No. Lindum will undertake an open-book competitive tendering process for all of the sub-contract work packages and will provide at least 3 quotations on each that will allow us to demonstrate best value. Using our expertise and experience we will work with you and your stakeholders to validate that the supply-chain quotations align with our design and specification, providing you with a stress-free way to market test the works with the added assurance of our involvement. You also have the confidence knowing that the process is OJEU compliant.

Finding out more

Please find out more by getting in touch with us below, speaking to Scape directly (pse reference Lindum) or by having a look at our activity on Twitter.