The University of Edinburgh, Operational Estates… | Perfect Circle

The University of Edinburgh, Operational Estates Programme, Edinburgh







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University of Edinburgh


The university had previous experience of the Scape frameworks, providing a proven OJEU compliant and successful route to market. Established relationships with the local Perfect Circle team, using Scape Group's Built Environment Consultancy Services (BECS) framework offered the client a direct and overarching structure through which to appoint highly capable teams.

Perfect Circle is providing a wide range of trusted professional services across the University of Edinburgh’s entire estate. This has been achieved with procurement efficiency using Option G contracts.

Following successful completion of several commissions, the continuance of a longer-term contracting arrangement has allowed the client team to rapidly commission term services across a variety of disciplines and projects. Commissions have covered all RIBA stages; including estate operations, small works and capital programme design functions, across all disciplines of the framework core services.


Perfect Circle is currently supporting the management of an estate that includes:


The university has a focus to move towards a carbon neutral estate by 2030. At a strategic level, Perfect Circle provides teams of experienced individuals who support on funding applications within the low carbon and energy sectors.

At a tactical level, Perfect Circle is supporting this with the deployment of energy trackers to generate inputs to the funding application.


A multi-service contracting arrangement allows the university to achieve project and estate outcomes through:

Other strategies include:

The benefits were the project secured interest fee loans that were match funded on a 50/50 basis and could be deployed quickly into projects with noted paybacks.

Social value:

In order to drive strong corporate social responsibility, the client integrated team:



Kevin Laing is an excellent liaison, managing our business need to embed resources. Routine update meetings with progress dashboard are very good.

Grant Ferguson, director of estate operations at the University of Edinburgh

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