19 August 2016 | Martin Read
A joint venture between real estate consultancies Pick Everard, Gleeds, and AECOM is to deliver a £350 million Built Environment Consultancy Services (BECS) framework for Scape Group, the local authority-owned built environment service provider.
It is the first time that a joint venture has been appointed by Scape, with the three partner organisations working together over the next four years – supported by their respective local supply chains – to deliver new public sector projects. The consortium has been given the name ‘Perfect Circle’.
Services to be delivered by Perfect Circle under the BECS framework will include project management, quantity surveying, building surveying, commercial surveying, architecture and design services, civil and structural engineering, highways consultancy and engineering services and strategic asset management.
Perfect Circle was selected through an OJEU-compliant tender process based on an evaluation of cost as well as social, economic and environmental sustainability criteria.
Scape says that about 150 SMEs will support the consortium as supply chain partners, with 27,000 discipline experts spanning the group. Perfect Circle has also committed to creating “significant opportunities for micro businesses”.
Duncan Green, chairman of Perfect Circle and managing partner at Pick Everard said: “Perfect Circle brings together three industry-leading organisations into a full service consortium that has the influence, scalability and expertise to make a significant and positive contribution to the challenges currently affecting the public sector.
“The consolidation of consultancy services into one framework presented a unique opportunity for our respective businesses to join forces and create an offering of unrivalled added value and efficient solutions nationwide.”
Richard Steer, chairman of Gleeds Worldwide, said: “The BECS Framework presents a significant business opportunity; our teams worked incredibly hard to produce a best-in-class bid and it is now our job to ensure that we are able to hit the ground running once the framework goes live.”
Patrick Flaherty, chief executive, UK & Ireland of AECOM, said: “The BECS framework provides public sector organisations with a responsive, cost-effective and efficient delivery model through which to access Perfect Circle’s full consultancy services.”