Atkins Group Has Designs on Scape Win

Dale Potts
Faithful+Gould and Atkins have been appointed as the single partner to Scape, a local authority controlled company, for the provision of professional design services.

Under a four year National Framework Agreement, the arrangement will enable them to be appointed for professional services by any public body within the UK.

The appointment will also permit Faithful+Gould and Atkins to use Scape technology; a component based steel framed system evolved from the Clasp system, which is unique in its lightweight structure based on a standard grid layout for buildings up to four storeys in height.

David Mackness, CEO of Scape, remarks: "The Scape selection of Faithful+Gould and Atkins means that we can offer our many public sector customers professional design services by an organisation with the very best credentials. Their commitment shown during the OJEU procurement process has convinced me they have the right mixture of expertise, drive and focus on excellent service delivery that we need".

This also provides Faithful+Gould and Atkins an additional route to market and the capability to offer clients dramatically reduced procurement times and costs. The framework will focus on continuous improvement in time, cost and quality with earlier building occupation as a result.

Shaun Lunn, Faithful+Gould commission director at the Nottingham office, says: "The Scape win is absolutely fantastic for Faithful+Gould and reinforces the synergy we offer when our skills set is matched with that of Atkins."

Scape is a local authority controlled company based in Nottingham which aims to bring economy and efficiency to the whole building process for both new buildings and refurbishment projects through system build solutions.

Shaun continues: "The appointment as single partner positions us as experts amongst the framework’s partners for Architectural Design, Structural Engineering, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Building Surveying, also enabling our public sector clients to benefit from improved efficiency, increased sustainability and design flexibility the Scape technology affords.

"With our existing expertise working with public bodies in sectors such as Education, Housing, Emergency Services and Health, our ability to now offer the use of Scape technology on future projects will ensure that our clients are provided with the most suitable design proposition in the market."

Scape has an existing national framework agreement with Willmott Dixon, which is appointed as sole contractor.

Scape's key stakeholders include Derby City, Derbyshire County, Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils, with which Faithful+Gould has already developed strong relationships, in addition to Gateshead and Warwickshire County Councils.