Scotland Excel

Scotland Excel

Contract Register - Buildings Related Engineering Consultancy

Contract Number: 1113
Contract Category: Construction
Contract Team: Construction and Maintenance
Procurement Lead: Graeme Sutherland
Contract Type: Framework Agreement
Start Date: 01 Oct 2015
End Date: 30 Sep 2018
Extension Period Option: 24 months
Extension Date: 30 Sep 2019
Estimated Value (excl VAT): £40,000,000
Date of Award: 17 Sep 2015


This framework is for the provision of buildings related engineering consultancy services which encompasses mechanical, electrical, civil and structural engineering activities including inspection, feasibility and design.

Councils have a wide range of statutory duties relating to the scope of the framework. In order to fulfil these duties, councils engage external consultant services to supplement internal resource, gain specialist advice and deal with peaks in workload.

This framework will provide an efficient method of engaging external consultancy for services commonly used across councils which in turn will realise benefits for both councils and consultants in terms of cost savings and the adoption of best practice.

Main Users:

The framework has been developed in collaboration with procurement and technical officers within councils and is aimed at buildings related engineering services.

Lot Structure:

Lot 1 – Civil and Structural Engineering
Lot 2 – Mechanical and Electrical Engineering


Scotland Excel has not undertaken a benchmarking exercise for this framework. As anticipated in the procurement strategy, only a limited number of comparable rates were available however those rates provided indicate that the framework rates are competitive with those locally secured by councils.

Price stability
All consultants have agreed to fixed percentage fees for the full period of the framework, including any potential extension period and fixed the hourly rates for the first two years of the framework until 30 September 2017.

Community benefits
Councils agreed that community benefits would be relevant and proportionate only for larger projects where the fees paid and time involved could justify the commitment. Consultants were therefore not required to provide community benefits under the framework however councils can choose to include them within the criteria for consideration as part of a mini competition conducted through the framework.

Workforce matters
25 out of the 29 consultants pay the living wage or above to all their employees (except volunteers, apprentices and interns) with the remaining four committed to doing so within 24 months of the contract start date. Two recommended bidders are accredited living wage employers with the Living Wage Foundation and four have committed to gaining accreditation within the first two years of the framework.

Contact Information:

Framework Owner: Graeme Sutherland
Telephone: 0141 618 5856

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