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Responsible Procurement

Our frameworks are designed with a clear sustainability mandate, incorporating:

  • Financial sustainability
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Social sustainability

Financial sustainability

  • A framework is essentially the ‘bulk buying’ of services which are combined into one large contract. By operating in this way, we create a solution that is both attractive to the market and, importantly, secures significant economies for our clients. This approach enables a higher standard and more economically advantageous service than can be secured on a single project alone.
  • As a framework is comprised of a high volume of projects, tenders submitted by our partners reflect a highly refined cost of delivery, which removes overheads that would otherwise apply.
  • The long term commitment of a framework agreement incentivises competitive, responsible pricing.
  • Because our delivery partners make a fair and balanced return from each commission, they are incentivised to provide their most skilled workforce to deliver their best work, in order to secure repeat business.
  • Open book tendering of work elements on each individual project ensures that the total price for each commission is a true reflection of the market cost.
  • It is important that the delivery partner is able to make a fair return on each scheme, as this enables them to invest in their businesses and continue to deliver an excellent service.
  • We are firm advocates of the Government’s fair payment goals. Our framework agreements direct delivery partners to pay their local supply chain promptly. This ensures that your projects contribute positively to the growth and sustainability of local business.
  • Through our procurement approach, we remove the requirement for mini-competitions whilst at the same time deliver the most economically advantageous offering, which saves time and money for both clients and delivery partners.
  • By making the frameworks financially stable, they facilitate an efficient delivery process. For delivery partners, it enables them to focus their efforts on building strong, long term relationships. By securing repeat work, this allows them to invest in their business processes and their workforce. In short, the value and sustainability of the partnership becomes self fulfilling, by uniting the public and private sector under one common goal.

Environmental sustainability

Each of our frameworks are designed to positively impact the environment.

Your framework delivery partners have demonstrated that they can cost effectively minimise the environmental impact of each project for clients.

Each of your delivery partners employ environmental experts who are made available in an advisory capacity to clients.

In our Sunesis range, the buildings are designed to be efficiently procured and efficient to run. These buildings are all EPC ‘A’ rated, which means that they incur minimal heating and lighting costs.

Social sustainability

All of our frameworks are designed to benefit the local community. There are an extensive range of benefits by ensuring projects are delivered by local businesses:

  • Money earned by the local supply chain is spent in the local economy. It is widely accepted that according to the ‘multiplier effect’, for every pound spent locally, a further £2.84 is spent within the local economy.
The construction multiplier and job creation

The multiplier effect refers to where initial spending on construction projects indirectly generates wider economic benefits (and jobs) through the impact on the supply chain e.g. manufacturing, real estate, transport, planning and survey services. Via these channels, construction projects send rippled of economic activity through the wider economy.

Source: LEK Consulting, Construction in the UK Economy, 2010

  • To date, projects delivered through Scape have facilitated £1.16bn of local spend within 20 miles of our projects. This equates to an investment of £3.29bn in the local economy.
  • Local labour teams have less distance to travel. More alert workers will do a better job and are less prone to experiencing accidents. Also, reducing the commuting time of the workforce, lowers the carbon footprint of a scheme.
  • Our fair payment policy means that companies and individuals can focus on running their businesses and not on potential issues related to working capital.
  • Our procurement processes require your delivery partners to administer ongoing apprenticeships and training schemes. Through this initiative, we aim to contribute to the provision of a fresh and sustainable pool of talent for the future benefit of the local economy. Employment Skills Plans for each project ensures that training needs of the current and future workforce remains a critical focus.
  • By enabling school children, college students and university undergraduates to engage with your projects, this process helps to generate interest in the construction industry as a future vocation.
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