Two big building and engineering consultancies have launched a new consortium to bid for projects within a £1.7 billion government framework.
Pick Everard, which is based in Leicester, and Wood, which is headquartered in Aberdeen, have joined forces to win a place on one of the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) major public sector frameworks.
The CCS is an executive agency of the Cabinet Office, working with the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services.
The consortium will bring together the two firms’ collective expertise, resources, and skills to support the public sector throughout in the UK and internationally.
The £1.7 billion Construction Professional Services framework is the biggest of its kind in the UK and replaces the CCS’s Project Management and Full Design Team Services framework, which Pick Everard and Wood Group were both previously signed up to.
As part of the framework the two organisations will be able to support public sector bodies in delivering major and minor building and civil engineering projects throughout the UK and internationally, including infrastructure, urban regeneration, and high-rise accommodation schemes.
It follows a number of successful framework wins for Pick Everard, including two other CCS frameworks –the Estates Management Services and Management Consultancy Framework Three.
Managing partner Duncan Green said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be announcing this consortium agreement with Wood, another industry heavyweight.
“When working in such close collaboration with another organisation, the cultural alignment is of utmost importance. We have worked closely with Wood throughout recent years and this consortium appointment is the next step in the evolution of our relationship.
“The complementary expertise and shared client-focussed approach across our businesses will position us well to tackle any project in the public sector, providing the best possible solutions and services for any client.
“We’re also really pleased to see the appointment mark us within the top consultancies being successfully awarded more than four lots on the framework, backing up the excellent industry reputations of both businesses.
“We look forward to continuing our collective work to deliver the excellent, high-quality services and developments for the public sector that we are known for.”
Pick Everard employs more than 600 staff across its 13 offices, providing a range of project, cost, and design consultancy services, while Wood is a global leader in consulting and engineering across energy and the built environment, operating in more than 60 countries and employing around 40,000 people.
Ian Cromie, senior vice president at Wood, said: “Adding this major framework to our portfolio alongside an industry leader like Pick Everard is excellent news for us at Wood.
“It brings significant opportunities for our combined and complementary business expertise to create benefits for the wider public sector through our development schemes.”
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