Framework arrangements are becoming more popular within the Public Sector as they represent a 'smarter' way of purchasing rather than placing 'one-off' orders.

As Public Sector resource diminishes, utilising a framework can save significant time and money, whilst still delivering a service specified to local requirements, and supporting local decision making and accountability.  

This 'umbrella agreement' agreement puts in place  the terms such as to price and quality under which individual contracts  can be made throughout the period of the agreement (normally a maximum of 4 years).  This enables buyers to further refine requirements whilst retaining the benefits offered under the collaborative agreement to place orders for services without running lengthy full tendering exercises.

Sustainable Local Supply Chain - From a Client’s perspective, a framework is essentially a means of procuring services over a period of time for one or a number of projects or schemes. The implications from this for the local supply chain can be adverse if local suppliers are to be excluded in favour of larger companies.   This is a genuine concern of many contracting authorities and the SME community.  

In response to these concerns the national SCAPE BECS (Built Environment Consultancy Services) Framework has been developed to encompass delivery via the local supply chain but with competitive rates matching the large scale buying volume of the Framework.

Frameworks override short-term procurement policies that cause endless uncertainty for suppliers. Framework agreements are long-term relationships with suppliers, which create a commercial environment that is more conducive to sustainable investment and employment in local construction businesses, and cuts waste in processes and physical resources.

. When you are procuring over a period of time, a framework can deliver many benefits:

  • Fast, efficient, easy to use OJEU compliant procurement frameworks that remove the need to       undertake costly and time-consuming full OJEU procurement processes
  • Significant reduction in procurement timescale from six-nine months to as little as 4 weeks
  • Reduced procurement costs
  • Robust agreements resulting from thorough professional due diligence
  • Pre-agreed terms and conditions – Funds simply ‘call off’ the framework to meet their requirements
  • Detailed and easy to use guides, support and templates
  • Frameworks are based on large volume buying.
  • Reduced transaction costs
  • Long-term relationships
  • Performance measurement systems – designed to encourage continuous improvement and to verify that public money is being used wisely.
  • Better Social Value and Greater Community Wealth

Frameworks should be viewed as a long term relationship with the community whereby you are working together to deliver sustained ongoing improvement and although the ‘up-front’ effort needed to establish a framework is more than for tendering and awarding a singular contract, but the down-stream benefits will far outweigh this.

Many clients with framework agreements have achieved 10% year-on-year improvements in the time and cost of delivery.

We can help you via the SCAPE BECS Professional Services Framework, delivered by Perfect Circle.

Perfect Circle is a joint venture formed by Pick Everard, Gleeds and AECOM, set up to realise value and opportunity for public authorities, and communities across the UK. Perfect Circle has the influence, scalability and expertise to make a significant and positive contribution towards shaping the built environment and exerting a positive influence on the issues affecting the public sector.

With Perfect Circles unique combination of partner organisations and established supply chain, it provides the strength and depth of a technical resource covering the whole of the UK, with over 27,000 professionals.  The independence, significant capacity, footprint and local presence ensure a nationally managed, but locally delivered service.