Public sector procurement specialist Scape Group has appointed the UK’s support services company Carillion as the sole provider for a new £1.5bn six-year facilities management (FM) framework.

Scape selected Carillion over its competitors as the company offers quality and value for money.

The framework is available to any public sector body in the UK that offers a complete suite of facilities management services, with hard options such as preventative and planned maintenance, and soft services, including cleaning, catering and front of house.

Additional works covered in the agreement include car park operation, health and safety advice, consultancy, grounds maintenance and the management of internal office mail and messaging services.

"Every public sector body throughout the UK will be able to use it and the services covered are extremely broad."

The facilities framework has been approved by the Official Journal of The European Union (OJEU), which enables users to develop and procure services within a four-week period by simplifying the procurement process.

Carillion bid director Haydn Scarborough said: "We are delighted to have been selected by Scape as their partner in delivering facilities management services to a variety of public sector bodies through this innovative framework.

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"Combining Carillion’s national FM coverage with Scape’s unique link to the public sector will offer clients a competitive option for the delivery of their services."

Scape Group chief executive Mark Robinson said: "Our priority is to offer clients a service, which provides viable options in a sector, which is increasingly under pressure to deliver more services in a shorter period of time with smaller budgets.

"What makes this framework different to anything else is its universal accessibility, every public sector body throughout the UK will be able to use it and the services covered are extremely broad."