Southern Construction Framework
The Southern Construction Framework (SCF) is a four-year, £3.9 billion framework providing support and an effective construction procurement route for local authorities and other public organisations across the south of England.
A collaboration between Devon and Hampshire County Councils, the framework was the first of its kind when launched and now boasts a track record of success going back more than a decade.
It can be used by a wide range of public sector bodies including local authorities, health, education, emergency services and charities across London, the South East and South West; and covers major new build, extension and refurbishment projects of £1 million and upwards.
Midas was appointed in 2015 to two of the three SCF lots covering work greater than £1 million in the South West and projects over £4 million in the South East. We are also a member of the sister framework, Intermediate Construction Framework (ICF), which is Hampshire’s arrangement for projects between £1m and £4m.
Public sector customers benefit from a proven framework providing access to a pool of 11 of the best contractors who bring with them a wealth of experience - and a commitment to using this to drive continuous improvement.
Key benefits include
- Fast access to market – quicker than a full tender process
- OJEU compliant competitive two-stage process
- More effective management of project cost, time and quality
- Added value in design and construction process from early contractor engagement
- Support for local skills apprenticeships and supply chain
- Focus on environmental performance and sustainability
Frameworks are about collaboration
At Midas our aim is to support the SCF and our customers in ensuring the framework works effectively and delivers added value for all parties.
We were delighted earlier this year when our Framework Manager, Simon James, was announced Framework Manager of the Year by the SCF.
He was commended for his input and ideas, his ‘significant contribution to the success of SCF’ and the support he has provided in helping SCF develop their online “Framework Passport” training.
Making the most of using the framework
A number of key activities identified by the SCF help maximise the benefits of the framework:
Project inception - Early commitment by the contracting authority to the creation of an integrated project team including consultants, contractor and supply chain.
Roles and responsibilities - Identify key roles, scope of works and a timed programme of actions and outputs throughout the pre-construction phase of the project.
Embedding collaboration – Plan for agreed activities and the development of an open, collaborative culture to build mutual trust and confidence within the project team.
Pre-construction Timetable – Secure project team commitment to binding deadlines for all pre-construction activities including design, costing, risk management and programming.
Costs – Adopt an open book approach to costs; with agreed fees, profit and overheads for consultant team and contractors.
Added value locally – Set out opportunities and requirements for delivering local benefits including skills and supply chain.
Midas is proud to have been appointed to 24 projects procured via the SCF with a total value of more than £115 million to date.
High profile schemes include:
A much-needed new facility offering support and educational opportunities to vulnerable young people in Somerset. Midas Construction has handed over the new 12-classroom Pupil Referral Unit, at the Mendip Centre site in Beckery New Road, on the western edge of Glastonbury, to client Somerset County Council.
Winter Gardens Refurbishment
Stunning redevelopment and modernisation of Weston-super-Mare’s Winter Gardens for Weston College Group, creating a Law and Professional Services Academy for the College and restoring the historic 1920s pavilion and ballroom, along with many original features, to their former glory.
Weston College South West Skills Centre
Major £6.4 million refurbishment of an existing college building to create a two-storey multi-use teaching space with science laboratories, IT suites, motor vehicle workshop, youth and learning disability amenities.