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Willmott Dixon appointed to Scape’s National Construction framework

Scape Group, the public sector owned built environment procurement specialist, has appointed Willmott Dixon as sole contractor across Lots 1 and 2 of its new National Construction framework.

This is the fourth Scape framework that Willmott Dixon has been appointed to. In the new framework, the company is on Lot 1which covers projects valued between £2-20 million in England and Northern Ireland, and also active in Wales with Lot 2, which covers projects in the same value band.

It means that the company’s interior fit-out specialist, Willmott Dixon Interiors, can continue to serve customers in a range of sectors through the framework. Recently it has been working with the Department of Education on the fit-out of its new office at Old Admiralty building and Department of Health on its new office at 39 Victoria Street.

Over the course of the previous Scape Major Works framework, Willmott Dixon Interiors achieved 22 delivery agreements with 14 customers, a repeat business rate of over 50% and a turnover of £160m.

Successful projects delivered already under Scape include; the refit and remodelling of the grade II listed Chichester I building for University of Sussex, transformation of the former Civic Centre in Dagenham into a new London campus for Coventry University, Cat B fit-out of office space at 39 Victoria Street for Department of Health, 8 projects for the city of London and we are currently on site delivering our largest Scape project for the Department of Education at the Old Admiralty Building.

Above: Fit out of Coventry University’s London campus, procured via Scape 3 framework

As a partner of Scape Group since 2006, Willmott Dixon has achieved an average client satisfaction score of 9/10 across 429 projects. It has also saved Scape customers an average of 16p for every £1 spent, enabling more investment in front line services. Other significant achievements in the predictability of project delivery and social impacts have benefited our customers throughout the framework since 2016. The National Construction framework will build upon these past achievements with additional enhancements to our offering in the line with customer needs.

Major focus on SME spend

Willmott Dixon nurtures and develops its supply chain through up skilling through our 4 Life Academies and offering early payment on all Scape projects in addition to the targets outlined in the government’s fair payment charter. This allows the supply chain to build stronger credit ratings with suppliers and financially support their businesses through growth and development.

All Scape projects are delivered with a local supply chain; the current performance for 2017 sees SME spend within 10 miles being 54%. 20 miles 72% and 40 miles 91% which is a fantastic achievement and well in excess of the KPI targets set under the Framework.  In addition to maintaining and exceeding these achievements the National Construction framework will also focus on micro business spend to support the tier 3 supply chains growth and development.

Willmott Dixon Interiors will use the National Construction framework to build on the success already achieved and also use the framework as a platform to continue our growth in new geographical regions, attract new customers and increase levels of repeat business.

Rick Willmott chief executive of Willmott Dixon:

“As Scape’s framework partner for the past ten years, we’ve delivered over 400 much needed facilities – schools, leisure centres, homes, universities, health centres – that have benefited communities and saved millions in cost to the public purse. We’re delighted this will continue on the next framework and just like before, our focus will be on strengthening local economies through our projects, and this includes a commitment to spend over £10 million with social enterprises.”

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