Consultants named on £1.25bn utilities frameworks

Three engineering consultants have won places on two frameworks set up to deliver professional services, asset management and construction projects across the utilities sector.

The frameworks, worth a combined £1.25 billion, cover projects in water, renewables, gas, electricity and nuclear – as well as works on ports, railways, aviation and telecommunications.

Perfect Circle and AtkinsRéalis (who will be supported by Arcadis) have been appointed to deliver a £750 million framework for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

While Perfect Circle and Arcadis (supported by AtkinsRéalis) have been appointed to a £500 million Scotland framework.

Run by public sector procurement body Scape, the frameworks will last for an initial four years with the option to be extended by another two years.

Mark Robinson, group chief executive for Scape said: “The new utilities frameworks have been created to give our clients access to a pool of market-leading professional services, while complementing Scape’s suite of consultancy, civil engineering and construction frameworks.”

He added: “Leveraging strategic advice, innovative design, and efficient project management, Scape’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 the UK.”

Victoria Brambini, managing director for Perfect Circle, said: “Perfect Circle is delighted to be awarded the Scape Utilities Consultancy Services frameworks. […] The new utilities frameworks are specially shaped for the essential infrastructure across the UK, so we’re hugely proud to continue delivering on Scape’s commitments to unlock value and enhance communities.

“We have harnessed the broadest consortium of experts especially for this framework who will together help shape better national utilities infrastructure for a greener, safer, brighter future.”

The Scape Utilities Consultancy frameworks will now enter the mobilisation phase, with clients anticipated to begin using these frameworks from the end of April 2024.