SCF Bike Ride

The SCF team wanted to celebrate the successful launch of its next generation construction framework, as well as the continuation of its framework delivery partnership between Hampshire and Devon County Councils.


They chose a challenging 250-mile bike ride in aid of the Lighthouse Club to mark the framework launch and 17 of them pedalled off from Winchester to Devon on their two-day adventure in brilliant sunshine. The route took them from Hampshire County Council’s offices at The Castle, Winchester in Hampshire, through the New Forest National Park, and then Bournemouth, Purbeck, Dorset and East Devon, on to the final destination of Devon County Hall in Exeter.


The Lighthouse Club charity provides financial and emotional support to the construction community and their families, who have suffered an injury or long-term illness or simply need a helping hand. The SCF team chose to support this charity as the construction industry has some of the worst mental health statistics of any industry.


The group included riders of all cycling abilities from seasoned club riders to newcomers to the sport. This mixture of experience inspired the group to help each other out, work together and share the achievement of completing a challenging route including some very steep climbs!


“I thought the cycle ride was a fantastic way to raise money for the Lighthouse Foundation. I represented ISG, one of the 11 Main Contractors working within the framework, delivering value to the public sector.  I am a keen cyclist and enjoyed the route, team spirit and challenge and look forward to many further successful events” – Keith Winter, ISG


The group was supported by a brilliant support team, who provided much appreciated drinks and snacks, often at the top of some of the biggest hills, giving everyone a view with their snack! The team were on hand with mechanical and first aid support, which thankfully no-one needed. The weather was very changeable, with plenty of rain on the second morning, and so the support van was a welcome sight after a wet and windy climb.


“It was a big challenge, and we couldn’t have done this without our support team. We all needed to take different roles to make the big picture work, and to help one another along the way. The adversity of the weather conditions actually made it all the more worthwhile in the end… no one said this would be easy, and it’s good to be way out of the comfort zone once in a while! We were met with a so much encouragement along the route, it was nice to meet people and to raise awareness for the Lighthouse Club and to highlight the need to focus on mental wellbeing in construction.”

Justin Bennetts – Devon CC


The group enjoyed some of the finest countryside southern England has to offer, from wild ponies in the New Forest and golden beaches in Bournemouth, to the rugged coastlines and stunning clifftop scenery of the Dorset and Devon coastlines. The 250km route allowed plenty of time for the riders to share stories and experiences both on and off the bike, an opportunity to appreciate difference perspectives in the construction industry.


“It was a great opportunity to ride a brilliant route, with good support, and good company!”

Lawrence Wright, Wilmott Dixon


The riders reached Devon County Hall to a warm reception from staff and a well appreciated buffet. Within minutes of the last riders arriving and moving inside, the rain came in again and everyone was glad they had kept pedalling fast enough to avoid the wet weather.


Over £6,000 was raised for the Lighthouse Club via this unique and challenging ride, and some new and lasting friends were made too.

SCF & Willmott Dixon Wellbeing Event

SCF launches its fourth-generation major construction framework for public sector projects across the South of England.

Building on the success of previous generations, SCF is delighted to announce that its new framework will be launched on 29 April 2019 across the South East, South West, and London regions.

SCF has a proven track record for efficient delivery of major schemes across the south of England and leads the way in both performance management and the production of nationally significant industry data.

SCF is committed to engaging local supply chains and delivers initiatives around Health & Safety, social value and innovation in construction.

SCF attributes its success to its unique integrated team approach, which has an exceptional and demonstrable track record of delivery, cementing its position as trusted advisor to the public sector.

The current generation has delivered over £2.5 billion of public projects, adding more than £110 million of value for 75 public sector clients through its quality managed approach, whilst on average reducing costs by 1% in pre-construction.

We consistently outperform the national averages both in terms of project performance and client satisfaction. You can find out more here.

The 11 contractors appointed across the three Lots will deliver up to £5.25 billion in the four-year life of the framework. The successful contractors appointed to the framework are:

BAM Construction Ltd

Galliford Try Building Ltd

ISG Construction Ltd

Kier Construction Ltd

Mace Construction Ltd

McLaren Construction Ltd

Midas Construction Ltd

Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure Ltd

Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd

Wates Construction Ltd

Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd


SCF is a joint initiative between Hampshire County Council and Devon County Council, the framework may be used by all public bodies across the South of England.

Steve Clow, Assistant Director Property and Facilities, Hampshire County Council said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of 11 contractors to the next generation of SCF. Our unique integrated team approach has helped to deliver significant benefits for Public Sector clients across the South of England.”

Justin Bennetts, Strategic Procurement Manager, Devon County Council, said: “We look forward to this generation of SCF continuing to deliver and improve upon the high expectations of our clients, and take a leading role in Shaping Public Construction”.


For further information about the framework please contact a member of the framework team:

Via our website

Or by Phone – South West: 01392 382 444 – South East & London: 01962 845 942

For all media enquiries:

South East & London: Jenny Larby / Julie Sloan, Communication Team Leaders, Hampshire County Council, 01962 847115,

South West: Mike Bomford, Media & PR Manager Communications Team, Devon County Council, 01392 383000


SCF two-stage approach explored options with Woking BC

The SCF has seen an increasing number of large scale Car Park projects in recent weeks. One project has recently been awarded to Willmott Dixon after an extremely competitive mini competition process.

The Heathside Crescent Car Park in Woking is nearly 30 years old, servicing a popular town centre that continues to grow. As a result, the car park is often at capacity and is in need of extension. Additionally it has become a hot spot for anti-social behaviour, with large columns and blind corners making it an unnerving experience at times. The Client came to SCF wanting alternative solutions that could be developed collaboratively throughout the preconstruction phase. As a result a number of contractors put forward proposals, and on this occasion Willmott Dixon were successfully appointed by the Client.

Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure has sealed a pre-construction service agreement for the first phase of Hackney Council’s ambitious mixed-use community development

Working in collaboration with SCF, Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure is set to deliver a major leisure centre and 1,100-pupil academy next to Shoreditch Park. Six residential blocks are also planned in the second phase of development.

The proposals for the site next to Shoreditch Park comprise a new leisure centre, a secondary school, and associated external works and infrastructure, including a new public square where community events can be hosted.


Levelling the playing field for smaller businesses

Central to the SCF is understanding the difficulty faced by SMEs and their respective routes to market. The Framework’s market intelligence reporting helps us understand how they compete and how clients can gain access to their skills and experience.

The Government has recently set out new reporting rules as part of a drive to increase construction industry spend with small businesses. The requirements are applicable to projects >£5m for a minimum package value of £25,000.

Protecting against Main Contractor Failure

Carillon is obviously the first thing that people think about when supply chain failure is mentioned, but they are not unique and there have been many others in the last ten years not least Connaught and ROK, to name but a few.

The next question is ‘who will be next’ and there will be – to announce that in an article like this would potentially contribute to the risk of their potential failure. But currently there are a small range of significant construction companies that are facing some challenging times.


Championing diversity in the industry

Emma Bull, framework manager for ISG, international construction services company, and SCF framework partner, gives her take on the importance of diversity in the industry. Emma believes that the construction industry needs to do more to address the gender imbalance in our workforce, particularly for the next generation of construction professionals. Statistics show that less than 7% of students on construction courses in further education in 2015/16 were female. (Source: Destinations of Construction Learners in Further Education CITB June 2017).

SCF Safety Forum – Exploring and debating “cable free” sites

At the SCF Health and Safety forum Contractors safety advisors and professionals got together to discuss various safety issues and updates occurring on SCF projects, also updating each other on the recent incidents/accidents and discuss lessons learnt. A re-occurring trend on trailing cables was highlighted as a major contributing factor towards slips, trips and falls on construction sites.