Southern Construction Framework

Category: Construction

Complete construction partner Stepnell, has been awarded a place on the 5th generation Southern Construction Framework (SCF) Construct framework, for the new £1-5 million value lots for the South West.

Stepnell is one of six contractors awarded a place on Lot 5 of the latest SCF Construct framework, which supports public sector construction and development in the South West region. The new framework win will see Stepnell build on its presence in the region with greater collaboration, added value, project performance and quality.

Lewis Archibald, framework director, at Stepnell said: “The new framework win reflects Stepnell’s shared values with SCF and how we are committed to providing a full spectrum of construction solutions for the public sector. This is all in line with our ability to offer a truly collaborative approach to deliver high quality, best value projects with an emphasis on carbon and social value targets.”

As part of the selection process, Stepnell was assessed against strict criteria, including being able to demonstrate exemplary carbon benchmarking assessments for all builds. Additionally, Stepnell was able to show prioritised carbon retrofit capabilities, to match industry leading carbon and social value targets required by SCF.

The new generation framework will be launched in May 2023 and complements the current SCF Residential and SCF Consult frameworks, which have delivered over £8 billion worth of combined construction schemes in the last 16 years, since SCF was first established.

Tom Wakeford, managing director at Stepnell, said: “This is another fantastic example of Stepnell’s significant capabilities across offices in Wantage, Southampton, Poole and Bristol, and we look forward to bringing our longstanding public sector construction project expertise to clients in the region as part of the SCF Construct framework. I would like to congratulate the Stepnell team, who have shown exemplary skill throughout the process in order to be successful on this prestigious framework bid.”

About Southern Construction Framework (SCF)

Southern Construction Framework (SCF) is a leading construction procurement framework delivered by the public sector for the public sector in the South of England (SW, SE and London). It has delivered over £8 billion worth of combined construction schemes, helping clients to deliver around £500m building work every year since it began in 2006.

Kingsley Clarke, SCF Operations Lead, South West said: “Via our new sub £5m lots, we’ve also opened the door to SME contractors in the South West and we’re very much looking forward to working with them and their local supply chains on some innovative schemes in the region.”

SCF provides construction procurement across public sectors including education, health, sport & leisure, fire and police and Build to Rent (inc. hotels, industrial units, offices).

SCF is the market leader in Two Stage Open Book project delivery. This process supports ‘Early Contractor Involvement’, which brings together contractor, stakeholders and suppliers to deliver best quality and value for the client.

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