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Scape specialises in providing a range of national and regional procurement frameworks so that state funded organisations can buy in construction services more quickly and efficiently without having to go through lengthy and costly OJEU processes. The firm also offers a range of tried and tested pre-designed building solutions across sectors including education, health, leisure and blue light services.

Mark Robinson


ublic sector organisations across the UK are set to benefit from a quicker and more holistic framework procurement service later this year. Scape, a local authority controlled company, is currently re-tendering its popular National Design & Technical Services Framework, and is using the opportunity to refocus on asset management and wider surveying services. The single supplier framework is currently used by around sixteen public sector organisations who, to date, have been able to access architectural, structural, mechanical & electrical engineering, as well as building surveying services. But with the changing public sector landscape and tightening budgets, clients are looking for a total solution to their property portfolio needs.


Scape took the decision to broaden out the National Design Team Framework, currently in its final year of operation, on the basis that many local authorities were highlighting asset management as an increasingly challenging area of work. Many have had to reassess their property portfolios and consolidate their asset base due to budget cuts, and require additional support to ensure the most important aspects of their programmes can continue to be delivered.

As Mark Robinson, Chief Executive of Scape, explained: “In-house property teams across many councils are shrinking, and that means expertise is being lost. That’s why we have taken this opportunity to expand our National Design & Technical Services Framework. We want to make it easier for all public bodies to access good quality property advice and the sorts of construction services they need, when they need it and with cost certainty in mind.”

Scape has already been out to market to invite expressions of interest and pre-qualification questionnaires from potential suppliers. Six successful parties have now been invited to submit a full tender, with a contract being awarded in September.

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COMMANDER'S AWARD FOR DESIGN EXCELLENCE ANNOUNCED Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) announced on June 14 the winners of its 2011 Design Awards for exceptionally designed facilities worldwide that met the needs of Navy and Marine Corps

commanders, warfighters and their families.

After completing a

comprehensive review and analysis of all projects submitted, a panel of expert judges composed of private sector and government service design professionals selected seven projects for awards. The projects were evaluated with such criteria as global and regional planning, facility plans and studies, new facility design, family housing, building alteration and reuse,


The Commander's Award for Design Excellence was given to the Combined Child Care and Youth Center at the Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, California. The center provides families at the base the peace of mind their children are well cared for when they are executing the command's mission.

This impressive project will now compete for a Design- Build Institute of America national award in Nov. 2012. The NAVFAC Design Awards program recognizes achievements by the design community and promotes design excellence in all aspects of the built and natural environment, and motivates employees to create the best facilities and infrastructure for Navy, Marine Corps and other supported commands.



Every household in Slough is being offered the chance to save up to £310 on their annual energy bills, as part of a major new energy efficiency drive by Slough Borough Council. The ‘Insulate Slough’ scheme is open to all homes within the Slough district and, subject to survey, all eligible properties will be fitted with cavity wall and loft insulation for free.

Alongside the scheme the local authority will continue to install insulation measures to its 6,500 social housing stock. The installations are being carried out by national energy efficiency solutions company Anesco, which has worked on the council’s housing stock since 2011.

Work has already been completed by Anesco on more than 300 measures within council properties. Applications for the Insulate Slough scheme are now open. The closing date for

applications is 30 September 2012. Homes must be situated within Slough to be eligible and each installation is subject to a suitability survey. To apply and for full terms and conditions call 0800 488 0112. For further information call 0845 8944444 or email:

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