SEWSCAP3 framework overview

Welcome to SEWSCAP3 - the South East & Mid Wales Collaborative Construction Framework. Following on from its prior success as a collaborative construction framework, this is the third iteration of the collaborative construction framework in Wales.

SEWSCAP3 draws together the expertise of pre-qualified, experienced small, medium and large contractors to provide various school / public buildings construction works, as well as modular and demountable solutions, between the values of over £250k to £100m.

Its mission is to achieve best value arrangements for South East & Mid Wales through competitive procurement, whilst driving regeneration, continuous improvement and best practice. This is achieved through continuous improvement with the involvement of key stakeholders and industry benchmarking.

As a member of the National Association of Construction Frameworks (NACF) SEWSCAP are able to further collaborate on an England and Wales basis, sharing best practice with likeminded national public sector frameworks of similar nature, which is of benefit to both buyers and contractors.

Contractors are encouraged to work together in a collaborative culture of shared objectives, processes and tools, that will significantly reduce the costs and paperwork previously associated with tendering; and result in fairer income distribution across contractors small and large.

Core principles


The framework is open to 13 local authorities, higher education bodies, further education colleges, health boards and housing associations in South East & Mid Wales. Previously, the framework was hosted by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and has been transferred to the City of Cardiff Council.

Cardiff Council is committed to socially responsible procurement and it is expected that buyers and contractors on the framework will deliver social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing through:

community benefits

ethical employment

supporting SMEs

boosting the local economy

The SEWSCAP3 framework commenced on 3rd June 2019 and expires on 2nd June 2024.

To find out more about the benefits that the framework offers, including financial, efficiency, community and best practice benefits, click here.

Or read about past projects here.

The Framework Team

Chris McLellan

Framework Manager

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Chris has a broad Procurement background having spent 18 years in the private sector formerly working in various Strategic procurement roles for a number of FTSE100 organisations before joining the City of Cardiff Council 8 years ago. In his current role as Senior Category Manager, Chris leads the Corporate and Environment category teams within the Council’s Commissioning and Procurement department covering ICT, FM, Fleet, Construction, Professional Services with a spend in excess of £200mpa. Chris is also the South East and Mid Wales Collaborative Construction (SEWSCAP) and South East Wales Highways Construction (SEWH) Framework Manager.

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Kevin Shackson

Framework Manager

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Kevin has over 10 years’ experience of working within Cardiff Council’s Commissioning & Procurement Team. In his current role he is the Category Manager for Environment which involves the managing of a Team to deliver the Cardiff Council’s Environment portfolio (which covers Construction/Highways Material; Professional Services; Major Projects; Highways Infrastructure and Maintenance; Facilities Management; Waste Management; and Parks), as well as being a framework manager for two collaborative frameworks namely South East and Mid Wales Collaborative Construction (SEWSCAP) and South East Wales Highways Framework (SEWH).

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Penny Haywood

Procurement Officer

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Penny has over 7 years’ experience of working within the Public Sector. She has worked on high profile Professional Services procurements within Central Government and has extensive knowledge of implementing and utilising category management and eProcurement systems. In her current role as Senior Category Specialist in the Environment Team she covers; Highways Maintenance and Construction, Prefabricated and Temporary Buildings and Demolition for Cardiff Council, as well as being Procurement Officer for the two Collaborative Frameworks namely South East and Mid Wales Collaborative Construction (SEWSCAP) and South East and Mid Wales Highways Framework (SEWH).

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Cat Griffin

Framework Support Officer

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Cat has a varied background with extensive experience within the Performing Arts sector. She made the decision to join Cardiff City Council 4 years ago and joined Social Services for 2 years before making her move to Procurement. In her current role as Category Specialist in the Environment Team, she works alongside the Framework team undertaking a variety of tasks. She has also run several procurement's within the Environment category and is currently working towards her CIPS qualification and further developing her skills.

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