The SPA has launched its RM3 framework

SPA launches £100m framework for Scottish firms in effort to hit environmental targets

The Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) is calling for firms to apply to its latest £100m framework, known as RM3, to bid for a range of environmental, electrical, joinery, plumbing and decorative works, in an effort to hit Scotland’s environmental targets.

One of the key aims of the SPA framework is geared towards tackling Scotland’s 2045 net zero targets by seeking to retrofit and repurpose a wide variety of social housing and public buildings across the country.

SPA works with 120 public sector organisations including councils, housing associations, blue light services, the NHS and further and higher education providers.

The RM3 framework consists of the following five workstreams:

  • kitchens and bathroom with associated works
  • electrical works
  • painting and decorating
  • environmental and external works
  • multi-disciplinary works

The five workstreams for the framework have been split into a series of project value bands of up to £2m plus to cater for a mix of SMEs able to take on refurbishment works, and while the company is urging firms of all sizes to apply, it emphasised the importance of receiving applications from smaller enterprises.

Bidders are required to be able to demonstrate a turnover of £500,000 and can apply to operate in eastern Scotland, west-central Scotland, the Scottish borders, Dumfries and Galloway, east and north Ayrshire mainland, south Ayrshire and south Lanarkshire.

Earlier this month SPA also invited firms to bid on a range of fire safety contracts in Scotland with a collective worth of £20m.

Lesley Anderson, regional director at the SPA (pictured above), said the framework will help public bodies to manage their assets more effectively, comply with regulations, and improve their financial performance while ensuring that public assets are safe, reliable, and cost-effective.

She added: “Retrofitting projects will play a huge role in making sure that we take the necessary steps to achieving Scotland’s net zero targets — we are helping councils, social landlords, the NHS and a host of other bodies to achieve what they need to in the most efficient and effective ways.

“The framework is an exciting opportunity for SMEs and larger organisations to get the chance to deliver on meaningful projects within the public sector [with] a huge emphasis on encouraging local supply chains, so we’re hoping it will have huge benefits to local economies too.

“Our frameworks are constantly evolving to look at how we can support the public sector and the country as a whole [and] we’re confident the RM3 will do just that, playing a part to support the country’s wider drive to protect the planet.”

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