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This Lot of our Consultancy Services Framework covers the provision of architectural services.

What services are covered in this Lot? 

Consultants on this Lot are able to provide advice on structural matters and  design solutions for new build projects, specific needs accomodation and high rise dwellings. The architects on this Lot are also able to provide advice in respect to low rise housing or any other property type.

In summary, this Lot covers works from project inception through to completion on site, and onto the defects period. It does not cover diagnosing existing issues in a building – for this type of advice you’re able to use our Building Surveying lot.


  1. PRP
  2. BPTW
  3. NPS Property Consultants
  4. ECD Architects
  5. Austin Smith Lord
  6. AHR Architects
  7. calfordseaden LLP
  8. HKS Architects

Award Options

Direct Award

Customers are able to Direct Award to the top ranked architect on this Lot providing that your requirement is within the scope of the framework. In this case it is PRP. In exceptional cases, you are able to direct award outside of number 1 with a strong justification. If you’d like to speak to us about this in more detail please get in touch.

How long will this take me?

A direct award will take approximately 3-4 weeks depending on your internal approval processes.

Mini Competition

You’re also able to run a mini-competition to call off this framework. You’ll be able to use your own specification and cost model. You can also choose your own cost / quality split and quality questions. All pricing submitted by contractors must be linked to the framework.

How long will this take me?

Once you have your specification and cost model ready, the tender process takes approximately 6-8 weeks, depending on your internal approval processes.

Contract Options

Which contract form can I use?

You’re able to chose from a number of different contract forms: 

  1. RICS Short Form of Consultants Appointment,
  2. a contract from the JCT suite, or
  3.  you’re able to use your own form of bespoke contract. 

Accessing this Framework

Who can access this framework?

Any publically funded body can use this framework – access is not limited to SEC Members alone. Full details can be found here.

To access this framework compliantly you’ll need to sign a copy of our access agreement. You can download a template version of the agreement here – Consultancy Authorising Agreement (Members) and Consultancy Authorising Agreement (Guests).

Is there a cost to access? 

There is no access fee to use this framework. A levy % dependant on whether you are a guest or member is collected directly from the contractor once a call off contract is awarded.

What are frameworks?

Learn more about how frameworks work and how our sector uses them.

Framework Tender

We procured this framework through a two-stage restricted process. At the first stage interested suppliers completed a Selection Questionnaire (SQ). From there we then invited select tenderers to complete a second stage Invitation to Tender (ITT).

The cost and quality elements of each tender was evaluated at 40% cost and 60% quality. More detail on this can be found below.

Next Steps

Ready to use this framework?

Please contact us today. Our Procurement team will support you with your requirements. 

Have some further questions?

Check out our FAQs page here. Or contact a member of the team today – we’re happy to help.