Scotland Excel manage a £2bn portfolio of over 70 collaborative contracts, including social care, construction, roads, transport, environmental services, facilities management, food and education, on behalf of its members, who comprise local authorities and other public bodies (link). Frameworks are two stage procurement approaches that initially select suppliers of commonly procured goods, services or works who have signed up to pre-agreed terms and conditions. Frameworks ensure that members achieve best value from procurement through their combined spending power.
Scotland Excel’s outdoor play equipment and artificial surfaces framework is a national collaborative framework for the design, supply, installation, maintenance and inspection of outdoor play equipment and artificial surfaces. It gives councils and other members a route to source a range of works, services and supply arrangements for outdoor play equipment, surfaces, outdoor gym equipment, multi-use games areas (MUGAs), artificial surfaces and wheeled sports areas.
The first iteration of the framework was for 5 years from 2017 to 2022. The new (estimated at £60m) framework, now titled Outdoor Play and Sports Facilities, was awarded in December 2022 and comprises 11 Lots. It runs for 2 years with the option to extend for up to a further two twelve month periods.