Wates has been chosen as the sole contractor for the provincial framework, which covers construction work of small to medium-sized projects valued between £500k and £7.5m.
The framework with the total span of four years runs from January 2014 onwards and is managed by Scape.
The goal of Empa deal is to improve the procurement and delivery of construction projects and property maintenance for local authorities saving time and money for them and their council taxpayers.
The deal includes an intermediate construction framework, worth between £175m and £233m, to be divided up among four contractors, while the minor works framework require appointment of 14 contractors, with lots worth between £9m and £12m totalling between £106m and £140m in value.
Previously in 2009 Scape was appointed by Wates alongside Kier and Willmott Dixon to the£275m Intermediate Projects Partnering Framework with EMPA.
Wates Construction Midlands and North managing director, Phil Harrison, said: “I am delighted with the announcement that Wates has been named as the contracting partner for the empa Provincial framework, a procurement route that has and will continue to provide cost and time efficiencies in the delivery of public sector construction works.
“Since our appointment to the empa Intermediate framework in 2009, we have delivered a range of works across the region and we have worked in partnership with Scape to ensure this work has brought with it a boost to the regional economy through local subcontractor engagement. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Scape to provide public sector clients with true value for money.”
Head of Empa, Alan Coole, said: “We are also committed to using a high percentage of local contractors and suppliers in the vicinity of each project, maximising local spend and reinvesting in the local economy.”
On a national scale, Scape has various frameworks including Major Works; Minor Works; Asset Management, Surveying and Design Services and Project Management and Quantity Surveying.
The total value of all Scape’s frameworks adds up to more than £2.5bn.