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Award winning Scape is a local authority controlled company that delivers cost and time savings to public sector construction projects across the UK. Aside from offering substantial financial benefits – an obvious plus for any local authority in these times of austerity – Scape is also leading the way from a sustainability perspective. Many of its products and services enable the delivery of new build, refurbishment and retrofit development schemes that are environmentally friendly, economically viable, attractive and fit for purpose.


s a sector with a huge property portfolio and many built environment assets, publicly funded organisations are a major client for the

construction industry. Local councils, health, fire and police authorities are responsible for procuring around one third of all construction services in the UK.* Scape makes it easier for such bodies to buy in these industry services because it offers greater economies of scale having already gone through the timely and costly procurement process to appoint suppliers. As Mark Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of Scape explains: “Behind the Scape brand is a small team of dedicated specialists who understand how the sector works. Many of our staff are from a local authority background, and others are experienced industry professionals. We understand the intricacies of public procurement law and the rules and regulations that specify how contracts for goods, works or services can be awarded. We also know what works in terms of sector expertise in the delivery of client expectations.

“That’s why we’ve set up a number of different frameworks, currently worth over £2.5 billion, that any public sector body across the UK can access. With shrinking budgets and fewer staff needing to do more for less, there’s never been a greater need for Scape. We’ve made it cheaper, easier and less stressful for state funded organisations to buy in building and construction services. That’s got to be a good thing for the taxpayer, especially as estimates show that at least **£25bn is wasted by the public sector through badly organised procurement and outsourcing each year.”

Scape currently has four national frameworks in operation, covering a range of different services such as quantity surveying, design services, large scale projects and minor works. A competitive tender process was carried out prior to appointing the suppliers, and each firm had to showcase their approach to sustainability amongst other things in order to be successful.

Willmott Dixon, a leading brand for the built environment, is one of a number of contractors with impeccable credentials who is in partnership with Scape. As the UK’s second largest privately owned construction, regeneration and support services company, the firm understands the role in which construction plays in the drive to promote sustainable growth and development.

Mark Robinson, CEO, Scape

* HM Government Strategy for Sustainable Construction 2008 -


And that was one of the many reasons as to why Willmott Dixon was appointed in 2006 as the sole contractor to deliver

**Source Institute of Directors (IoD) 2010 PUBLIC SECTOR SUSTAINABILITY • VOLUME 1 ISSUE 5

Scape’s National Framework. To date, the two companies have successfully completed 48 projects with a total value of £310m. Through this collaborative approach, savings of £140,000 per £1m invested have been delivered. Mark says: “We realise that sustainability is more than an ‘eco-bolt on,’ and that it embraces the effect that the projects have locally and globally from an economic, social and environmental perspective. By putting sustainability at the heart of all our frameworks, we are making sure that we deliver projects to consistently high standards that benefit the communities in which we live. “Willmott Dixon share our values as a business, and that’s an important factor for us. The firm as a whole and the immediate delivery team we work with are committed to providing a sustainable space for people, businesses and communities to thrive in.”

One of the ways in which Willmott Dixon measures its performance on the various Scape projects it delivers is through the high profile BREEAM standards. These standards are well known throughout the industry, and set out the criteria for best practice against which sustainable building design, construction and operation can be assessed. One particular Scape / Willmott Dixon scheme has just been singled out for praise by BRE Global, the leading consultancy in assessing sustainable buildings, as the first BREEAM outstanding health facility in the UK. Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust in the North East of England, procured Willmott Dixon through Scape’s framework to construct a new Primary Care Centre in Houghton-le- Spring, on the outskirts of Sunderland. The 5,224m2

facility is now

complete, and forms a focal point for community health services, providing a minor injuries unit, diagnostic facilities, 24 bed rehabilitation unit, accommodation for retinal screening, outpatient clinics and healthy living services. The building also houses a wellness studio and community café. With the highest ever BREEAM score of 85.31% for a healthcare facility, the green credentials of the building exceeded

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