Our broad experience and commitment to deliver has resulted in many successful and long-standing client relationships, both public and private, over the last 40+ years. Kier Group brought about an introduction to the national Scape framework approximately five years ago which has developed significantly over time.
Numerous projects have since been delivered by us working in close partnership with Kier Construction and Kier Services, undertaken largely from our centrally located Midlands office in Loughborough – which celebrated its 10th year in 2019. Whilst ranging in size and sector, across both new build and refurbishment, a large number of projects have been within the Scape Minor Works Framework (individual contract values up to £4m). This has included projects in education (schools and universities), sport/leisure, blue light/emergency services, heritage, transport/aviation, residential and health/care (including mental health).
This significant project delivery experience has enabled the practice to gain a thorough understanding of the Scape framework and notably, how Scape can deliver successfully for a wide variety of public sector clients and their communities/stakeholders. Having gained an in depth understanding of Scape’s five step engagement process, our team appreciates how this operates alongside the RIBA Plan of Work stages and importantly, how our contribution as architect and lead design consultant can make timely interventions to support the client and framework partners. This is particularly invaluable during the early engagement stages working alongside the client, key stakeholders and end users to help detail the project brief, including identifying key deliverables and risks, and developing the concept design. When done in partnership, this helps to assess viability and/or support the pre-construction/delivery agreement.
We fully recognise the importance of performance management in our delivery and so too with Scape, ensuring the highest quality of service is provided and maintained, both by ourselves and for our partners.
Our support for Scape extends beyond day to day project involvement, including working within local communities and providing added social value investment. For example, we are providing pro bono architectural design support for the Sheffield based Children’s Hospital Charity organisation alongside Kier.
Our work and relationships within Scape extends further to include other framework contractors – Willmott Dixon and Wates, with future opportunities within the national Major Works Framework across our sectors and regions nationwide. Additionally, it also includes contractors within the Scape regional frameworks too.
Our experience of working within live framework environments is reflected by our contribution and willingness to share knowledge and best practice with partner organisations in a team environment, ensuring the highest quality of service and delivery for the client and end users. As a practice we have adapted to new technologies in design and construction, utilising the latest 2D and 3D CAD software and undertaking offsite/modular construction projects alongside traditional and refurbishment/modernisation schemes.