SCAPE Scotland launches £500m utilities consultancy framework


PUBLIC sector procurement specialist SCAPE Scotland has launched a new £500 million utilities consultancy framework in Scotland.

The framework is designed to empower utility sector organisations to shape their programmes and projects, whilst supporting the delivery of low-carbon infrastructure and sustainability targets.

Perfect Circle and Arcadis (with subsidiary support from AtkinsRéalis) have been appointed to deliver projects and professional services across the framework. Running for four years, with an option to extend for a further two years, the new utilities consultancy framework is aligned to deliver solutions and services across a range of sectors, including ports and harbours, rail and metro, nuclear, aviation, water, renewables, energy, and telecommunications.

Clients will have access to a suite of professional services including strategic advice, engineering services, design services, project management, and quantity surveying.

This direct award framework operates a parallel lotting structure, which gives clients a choice of consultants, which is intended to provide greater certainty for cost and project timelines, as well as enabling clients to quickly leverage commissions and assure earliest possible completion.

This framework follows the announcement of SCAPE Scotland’s Utilities Works and Services frameworks, which launched in January.

Mark Robinson, group chief executive for SCAPE Scotland, said, “The new utilities consultancy framework for Scotland has been created to give our clients access to a pool of market-leading professional services, while complementing SCAPE Scotland’s suite of consultancy, civil engineering and construction frameworks. The chosen delivery partners align with or values of sustainability and social impact – principles that guide every project procured via our frameworks.

“Leveraging strategic advice, innovative design, and efficient project management, SCAPE Scotland’s goal is to help the utility sector enhance the delivery of low-carbon infrastructure projects, from unlocking the value of existing assets to navigating the challenges of realising futureproofed, innovative schemes. Ultimately, this translates into improved services, economic growth, and a more sustainable future for communities across Scotland.”

Victoria Brambini, MD for Perfect Circle, a consortium of professional services partners, said, “Perfect Circle is delighted to be awarded the SCAPE Scotland utilities consultancy services framework. Our unique prime contracting collaboration will allow utility providers to use this framework to accelerate their commissioning of unlimited professional services from industry experts and extensive supply chain in every sector.”

Mac Alghita, mobility global strategy implementation director at Arcadis, which delivers design, engineering, and consultancy solutions for natural and built assets, added, “Arcadis is thrilled to extend our relationship with SCAPE Scotland as we introduce a major new framework that perfectly aligns with our new global strategy which focusses on accelerating a planet positive future. Our commitment lies in delivering best in class, digitally enabled and sustainable solutions to our clients and their customers.

“We take immense pride in being appointed to the utilities consultancy framework in Scotland and eagerly anticipate collaborating with partners AtkinsRéalis, Perfect Circle and other SCAPE partners.”

The framework will now enter the mobilisation phase, with clients anticipated to begin using the framework from the end of April 2024.