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10 July 2019

Scape Group’s Regional Construction framework creates £4.6m of social value in first 12 months

  • 11 framework partners on Scape’s £1.1bn Regional Construction framework have been appointed on 34 public sector construction projects
  • Contractors create local employment opportunities totalling £1.5m

Scape Group, the public sector procurement specialist, has published details of the social value its Regional Construction framework has created during its first year of operation. The £4,669,232 of social value has been created via local employment, spend in the local supply chain and spend with local SMEs. For every pound spent, 58p of social value has been created.

The framework was configured to take a strengthened approach to demonstrating value for money, and measures social value via the National TOMs (Themes, Outcomes, Measures) method developed in association with the Social Value Portal. The National TOMs used to measure social value in the Scape Regional Construction framework are built around five key themes – jobs, growth, social, environmental and social innovation – with each of these supported by 18 outcomes and 38 specific measures. This enables an in-depth understanding of the additional value of the contracts being delivered.

The £1.1bn framework was awarded to 11 contractors in early 2018 and provides construction services for public sector projects in the Midlands and East of England. As SME engagement is a key priority, each partner’s ability to demonstrate experience of working collaboratively to deliver public sector projects was central to them being awarded a Lot on the framework and in the last 12 months the delivery partners have spent £2.56m with local SMEs. Direct investment in local people has also seen the delivery of eight weeks of apprenticeships and six weeks of training.

G F Tomlinson has created local employment opportunities totalling more than £860,000.  They have also maintained 100% engagement with local SMEs across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Staffordshire with 85% of their project spend being with supply chain partners located within 40 miles of site.

G F Tomlinson’s commitment to social value has also seen the creation of their Community Investment Fund, providing support to local community initiatives ensuring projects deliver real added value to local people. Most recently the fund has supported Valley CIDs Turner Farm Project in the creation of a new Environmental Learning Hub providing a dedicated area for the charity to teach young people about biodiversity and how they can protect it.

Mark Robinson, Scape Group chief executive, commented, “We adopted the National TOMs for the Regional Construction framework in order to demonstrate the social value add that these projects are delivering in local communities, which is essential to measuring the success of the framework. To create over £4.6m worth of social value in the 12 months since its inception is a testament to the hard work each and every partner puts into ensuring a project’s benefits are felt by the wider community during the construction works as well as after the project’s completion.

“Our aim was to provide the public sector with access to a suite of contractors that deliver high quality and cost-effective services, and we look forward to seeing our delivery partners continue to demonstrate their ability to do this while delivering greater value for local communities in the future.”


Craig Stopper, Framework Manager at G F Tomlinson commented, “The Regional Construction framework plays an important role in the delivery of local projects and Scape’s TOMs measurement demonstrates the framework’s positive and significant impact on improving the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of communities. 

We are proud to be exceeding Scape’s aspirations for social value which is only possible because of the commitment and dedication from our staff and supply chain partners.  We embrace the opportunities to leave a positive legacy in our local communities and are continually finding innovative ways to support organisations and charities to deliver initiatives which directly benefit local people through our Framework Community Investment Fund.”

 Scape Group is currently working with the Social Value Portal to encourage government to adopt the National TOMs method to measure social value in central government procurement.

 To find out more about the Regional Construction framework visit: www.scapegroup.co.uk/services/procure/frameworks/regional-construction




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