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What is Perfect Circle?

Perfect Circle is an incorporated joint venture, operating as a limited company which is jointly owned by three Principal Partners – Pick Everard, Gleeds and AECOM.

What is SCAPE?

SCAPE is a public sector owned, limited company, governed by Public Law. They are a local authority-controlled company whose shareholders are Derby City, Derbyshire County, Gateshead, Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire County and Warwickshire County Councils. Their shareholders nominate directors to the Board and have reserved rights under the Shareholders’ Agreement. SCAPE was formed by its shareholders in 2006 under the powers contained in the Local Government Act 1972, Local Government Act 1983 section 95 and the Local Government Act 2000. Their roles as a Contracting Authority and Central Purchasing Body were established at the point of their formation. SCAPE has a legal personality, and as such can trade with any organisation. However, as a public sector owned and operated organisation, their main objective is to support the efficient delivery of public sector projects, which make a real difference to the community. The work of SCAPE is covered by Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance to carry out its core operations.

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What is SCAPE Consultancy?

SCAPE Consultancy is a direct award, fully procurement-compliant that 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.

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.

Who will hold the appropriate insurances such as Professional Indemnity?

For each appointment (Delivery Agreement) under the Framework, one of the Partners will be appointed by Perfect Circle as the Contract Lead Partner to provide the lead services and manage all sub-contracted supply chain services and to perform all of Perfect Circle’s obligations under the agreement. This is all achieved through the following suite of documents:

1: Delivery Agreement – entered into between the Contracting Authority (the ‘Employer’) and Perfect Circle JV Ltd (the ‘Consultant’);

2: Step Down Agreement – this is the agreement entered into between Perfect Circle JV Ltd and the Contract Lead Partner on an individual project. In effect, this ‘steps down’ Perfect Circle’s obligations under the Delivery Agreement to the Partner leading on service delivery. However, from the ‘Employers’ perspective, its contract is with Perfect Circle.

3: Consultant Warranty – as noted above, there is no direct contract between the Contracting Authority and the service delivery Partners. It is therefore considered appropriate that all service delivery Partners be obliged to provide a Warranty in favour of the Contracting Authority to establish a duty of care.

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.

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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