Edinburgh names 50 consultants on £95m professional services framework



More than 50 suppliers have won a place on a major new consultancy framework which aims to support the delivery of state-of-the-art new schools, early years centres, sports facilities and affordable homes across Edinburgh.

The City of Edinburgh Council said the move, which follow one of the most competitive procurement exercises ever held by the local authority, is expected to unlock up to £95 million in architectural, engineering and project management contracts over the next four years.

The inclusion for the first time of Passivhaus Architects in this framework will ensure that new buildings are energy efficient and that the city’s net zero carbon by 2030 target sits at the heart of all capital projects, while the council’s commitment to prioritising small business spending has resulted in more than 70% of successful bidders being SMEs. Every supplier is also committed to paying the Living Wage and carrying out community benefits as part of any work they secure.

Following approval from members of the council’s finance and resources committee yesterday, plans for the Professional Services Framework will be finalised in the coming weeks.

The consultants named on the Edinburgh professional services framework include:

Project Management Services – (Value £8m)

  • Thomas & Adamson, Gleeds, Currie & Brown UK, Turner & Townsend Project Management, WSP UK, and Faithful+Gould

Building Surveying Services (£8m)

  • Thomson Gray, Thomas & Adamson, Summers-Inman, Faithful+Gould, Currie & Brown and Gleeds

Quantity Surveying Services (£10m)

  • Currie & Brown, Faithful+Gould , Robinson Low Francis, Doig and Smith, Armour Construction Consultants and Thomas & Adamson

Architectural Services – Education/Non-residential (£10m)

  • Architype, Anderson Bell Christie, Holmes Miller, AHR Architect, Smith Scott Mullan Associates and Reiach and Hall Architects

Architectural Services – Residential (£10m)

  • Anderson Bell Christie, Cooper Cromar, Smith Scott Mullan Associates, Hawkins Brown Design, 7N Architects, Collective Architecture and Hypostle Architects

Architectural Services – Landscape (£3m)

  • Atkins, Rankin Fraser Landscape Architecture, Hirst Landscape Architects, Sweco UK and LDA Design

Structural and Civil Engineering Services (£12m)

  • G3 Consulting Engineers, Harley Haddow, Will Rudd Davidson, David Narro Associates, Mott MacDonald and Pick Everard

Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Services (£10m)

  • Harley Haddow, Pick Everard, Blackwood Partnership, Hurley Palmer Flatt, Rybka and TUV SUD

Interior Design Services (£6m)

  • HLM Architect, Holmes Miller, Space Solutions, Hawkins Brown Design, Scott Brownrigg and Atkins

Multi-Discipline Design Team Services (£12m)

  • Faithful+Gould, Turner Townsend Project Management, Currie Brown, Thomas & Adamson, 7N Architects, and Atkins

Passivhaus Designer (Architect) Services (£2m)

  • Architype, Robert Potter and Partners, ADP, ECD Architects, NPS Property Consultants and HLM Architect

Transportation Services (£4m)

  • Peter Brett Associates, WSP, Sweco UK, Mott MacDonald, Atkins, and Arcadis Consulting (UK)

Councillor Rob Munn, finance and resources convener, said: “With over 180 bidders vying for a place, this is one of the biggest procurement exercises we’ve ever undertaken as a council. We have an ambitious capital investment programme to make sure we build the schools, homes and community facilities Edinburgh needs for the future, and I’m confident that the successful suppliers we have listed offer the right mix of expertise to help us deliver on our aims.

“At a time when the council faces great financial pressures, the flexibility offered by the new approach is also expected to generate efficiencies of more than £10m over four years.”

Councillor Joan Griffiths, vice finance and resources convener, said: “The commitment of everyone under this framework to provide the Living Wage and put energy efficiency and community benefits at the centre of construction projects in Edinburgh is an important step and will help us make sure we work with our consultants to the benefit of local neighbourhoods.

“Now more than ever we need to put plans in place for a fair economic recovery - both on businesses and their employees, and on the future of our planet - so I’m pleased that we’ve also been able to secure so many quality SME suppliers. This has been a challenging time for the industry but the investment we’ll be making in Edinburgh’s future can support employment too.”



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