Scottish SMEs secure place on £18m-a-year demolition contract



Twenty-three Scottish SMEs are set to benefit from an £18 million-a-year contract to offer demolition and deconstruction services to all local authorities and housing associations.

The Scotland Excel framework is the second-generation framework for demolition designed to help councils deliver planned demolitions and deconstruction as part of regeneration and improvement work. The improved framework, with sustainability at its core, went live on August 1 and has been redesigned to include deconstruction. Viewed as more environmentally focused, materials from deconstruction are more likely to be reused in future construction projects.

Quick response to dangerous structures, including bridges or monuments with emergency demolitions or safeguarding with a three hour or less response time has also been built into the framework after detailed research and discussion with contracting authorities.

Twenty-five UK SME suppliers have been awarded onto the framework, with suppliers committed to recycling up to 95% of materials. The Scottish Government’s declared climate emergency was a key element when the redesign of the framework was taking place.

Every supplier on the framework pays the Real Living Wage, which was a significant consideration for Scotland Excel when evaluating the bids.

The framework will also help councils source planned demolitions via mini competitions that will allow them to drive competitive pricing and tailored work packages through the framework.

The new framework is also good for local business with 24 of the 25 suppliers small to medium enterprises and 23 of the 25 based in Scotland.

Councillor John Shaw, convener of Scotland Excel, said: “The renewal of our Demolition and Deconstruction Works contract comes at an important time for Scotland’s construction sector. Several of our members have indicated that affordable house building will be one of their priorities as we move out of COVID-19 lockdown and this framework will support them to clear vital land to build new vibrant communities.

“Our demolition contract is the only national framework of its kind to offer demolition and deconstruction services to all 32 councils. It will give them the tools to quickly and efficiently source work from specialist contractors that have gone through a detailed tender process.

“As well as securing the competitive rates – additional value can be driven through mini competitions for planned works that will ensure councils get competitive prices, quick turnaround, and tailored work packages to meet the specific needs of each scheduled demolition programme.”

Councillor Shaw added: “I welcome the renewal of this national framework. It will help Scottish councils get the best value for money when responding to emergency situations where dangerous buildings have to be demolished quickly, and in driving forward improvement programmes for communities where scheduled demolitions are needed. It will bring value for money, has sustainability at its core and is good for business.”

The framework is expected to account for up to £18m worth of demolition work a year as councils deliver a range of works throughout their communities.

The Scotland Excel Demolition and Deconstruction Works Framework will be in place until 31 July 2022, with an option to extend for a further two years until 31 July 2024.

The 25 framework suppliers are listed below. 

(Lot 1 is work up to £50,000; Lot 2 is work on or over £50,000; Lot 3 is emergency work.)   

Tenderers

SME Status

Tenderers’ Local Area

Lot(s) Awarded

Bardem Limited

Small

Renfrewshire

1, 2

Burnfield Builders & Demolishers Limited

Small

Glasgow City

1, 2, 3

Caskie Limited

Small

Glasgow City

1, 2, 3

Central Demolition Limited

Medium

Falkirk

1, 2, 3

Chris Wright & Sons Ltd

Small

Inverclyde

1, 2, 3

Daltons Demolitions Limited

Small

The City of Edinburgh

1, 2, 3

Damada (Asbestos Removals) Ltd

Small

South Lanarkshire

1, 2

David Morton (Larbert) Limited

Small

Falkirk

1, 2, 3

David Smith Contractors Ltd

Medium

Aberdeenshire

1,2

Dem-Master Demolition Limited

Medium

West Lothian

1, 2, 3

Dundee Plant Company Limited

Medium

Dundee City

2

GCM Services Scotland Ltd

Small

Falkirk

1, 2

George Beattie & Sons Limited

Small

North Lanarkshire 

1, 2, 3

Gowrie Contracts Limited

Small

Dundee City

1, 2

JCH Plant Hire Ltd

Small

North Lanarkshire 

1, 2

JCJ (Demolition & Construction) Ltd

Small

Glasgow City

1, 2, 3

John Graham (Metals) Limited

Small

Stirling

1

MacWilliam Demolition Ltd

Small

North Lanarkshire 

1, 2

MGR Industrial Services Limited

Small

Falkirk

1, 2

Reigart Contracts Limited

Medium

North Lanarkshire 

1, 2, 3

Safedem Limited

Medium

Dundee City

1, 2, 3

Technical Demolition Services Limited

Medium

Wirral

2

William Goodfellow (Contractors) Limited

Small

North Lanarkshire 

1, 2

William Munro Construction (Highland) Limited

Small

The Highland

3



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