Contracting authority launches ‘largest ever framework’

Scape has re-launched its major works framework and increased its estimated value from £5.5bn to £7bn.

Unlike Scape’s existing major works agreement, held solely by Willmott Dixon, the latest version will be split into five lots and appoint a lead contractor to each one.

The contracting authority says it believes the £7bn value over four years represents the largest framework ever procured.

Scape said the £1.5bn uplift in value for the framework from its last estimate comes after feedback from its public sector clients about the amount of work they expect to tender through the framework.

Successful bidders are expected to be announced by next February, with the framework likely to replace the existing major works framework by May next year.

Mark Robinson (pictured), chief executive of Scape, commented: “Since we announced the framework we have engaged in detailed market and client consultation which made it clear that increased values for the options within the framework are essential in helping public sector bodies meet their growing demand for high quality and cost-effective buildings.”

More info on the tender on Scape’s website here.


LotRegionLot valueProject value
1Major Works England & Northern Ireland£1.5 to £1.75 billion£2-20 million
2Major Works Wales  £300 to £500 million£2-20 million
3Major Works Scotland  £500 to £750 million£2-20 million
4Major Works UK   £1.5 to £2 billion£10-£50 million
5Principal Works (UK)£1.5 to £2 billion£50 million+