Space Solutions appointed to eagerly-awaited architect’s framework

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Workplace design experts Space Solutions have been appointed to an innovative Architect’s Framework along with four other firms to deliver refurbishment projects for Mapeley Estates, one of the UK’s leading commercial landlords.

The framework agreement – an eagerly-awaited announcement in the architectural sector – will involve working on a collaborative basis with other consultants and contractor disciplines on two overall Framework Agreements for Mapeley Estates over the next four years.

It is anticipated that the framework, covering both the private and public sector, will comprise up to 200 Mapeley projects in the UK during 2009.

Space Solutions is Scotland’s biggest independent expert in helping businesses manage change within the workplace.

Founded in 1997, the Edinburgh firm and their 130-strong team have enjoyed growth and stability since a 2007 management buyout and are committed to further, sustainable expansion. 

They operate UK-wide to design, build, fit out, refurbish and relocate modern and productive business environments.

Mapeley Estates has created individual framework agreements with architects, contractors, engineers, CDM-C and asbestos surveyors allocated across the UK to handle each element of the refurbishment programme.

Each of the appointed firms participated in a comprehensive and lengthy tender submission, as well as a formal interview and presentation.

The framework agreements have been designed by Mapeley Estates to use the same supply chain for both private and public sector projects.

This innovative concept eliminates the need for transactional working and promotes the advantages of continuity of the supply chain including planning of workload, input into design, creation of savings, shared learning and continual improvement.

The frameworks will be based around collaborative/partnership working, including open book with incentivised schemes, and enhanced health and safety standards.

The public sector framework has been set up as a central purchasing body and is fully OJEU compliant, as well as being open for use by other public sector bodies.

Work on the first collaborative project under the framework agreement is expected to begin immediately.