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What is Perfect Circle?

Perfect Circle is a property, construction and infrastructure consultancy, delivering real value with full procurement compliance, for clients commissioning any aspect of their built environment projects.

Its vision is to be at the forefront of innovation, pioneering new ways of working to deliver collaborative and efficient solutions nationwide across the public sector; making a difference to clients, local communities, its employees and supply chain partners.

The company is jointly owned by Pick Everard, Gleeds and AECOM – leading, innovative firms with expert industry knowledge and expertise, supported by an extensive local supply chain.

Perfect Circle delivers the broadest range of consultancy services available to the public sector via SCAPE, the UK’s leading public sector procurement authority, and SCAPE Consultancy, a direct award framework that drives collaboration, efficiency, time and cost savings.

How do I become a Perfect Circle supply chain partner?

You can view the step by step process in our supply chain partner hub. Register your interest by completing our contact form, or contact your Regional Lead for more information.

What insurances and warranties will I need to present to become a supply chain partner?

Insurances required will vary depending on the services your business offers and will form part of the approval journey and completion of the supply chain questionnaire, in line with PAS 91 and other system requirements. Contact your Regional Lead for more information.

What is SCAPE?

SCAPE is a public sector organisation, dedicated to creating ongoing efficiency and social value via the built environment. SCAPE and its subsidiaries offer fully managed frameworks, property services, innovative design solutions, community investment opportunities and joint ventures.

By bringing together the strongest teams from the public and private sectors, SCAPE’s rapidly deployed, highly measurable and collaborative approach delivers value for money and quality buildings while stimulating local economic growth and community enrichment.

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What is the SCAPE Consultancy framework?

SCAPE Consultancy is a direct award framework that drives collaboration, efficiency, time and cost savings. Fully procurement-compliant, it represents a route to the most extensive property, construction and infrastructure consultancy services available to the public sector.

The SCAPE Consultancy | Built Environment and Infrastructure frameworks were awarded to Perfect Circle in 2021 for a four-year term (with the option of a two-year extension), and have a combined value of £600m. The framework can significantly reduce the time needed for brief preparation and procurement procedures, enabling earlier delivery of projects and programmes. Direct access to the SCAPE Consultancy framework provides clients with access to an extensive supply chain, combining the strongest collaborative team with value for money while amplifying the local economic, environmental and social impact of every project.

What does ‘direct award’ mean?

Direct award is a method by which a commissioning authority can directly call off services from a supplier, through a framework, without conducting a further competition.

Is direct award a compliant way to procure services?

SCAPE Consultancy is fully compliant with UK procurement regulations, and is subject to a highly involved and systematic governance process to ensure the very best client experience.

SCAPE is a public sector organisation – it was founded in 2006 by six local authority shareholders to create a better approach to procurement, find a simpler way to form partnerships with the most talented teams, and accelerate vital construction, consultancy and civil engineering projects.

How do I know I'm getting value for money?

The commercial rates that underpin the SCAPE Consultancy | Built Environment and Infrastructure frameworks were competitively tendered against a projected OJEU total value of £600 million. For each commission, we prepare a bespoke fee proposal that demonstrably links back to these commercial rates, giving you as the client complete transparency that you are benefitting from this economy of scale, no matter how small your requirement may be. We ensure supply chain efficiency with competitive market rates, bringing you real value for money.

What is meant by social value?

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 requires “public authorities to have regard to economic, social and environmental wellbeing in connection with public services contracts”.

There is no conclusive list of what these benefits may be and therefore must be considered in the context of local needs. As a result, all public sector projects must contribute to the long-term wellbeing of communities.

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