This paper is an independent project manager’s critique of two projects. One project is procured via a single stage design build whereas the other was the SCAPE procurement framework (http://www.scapebuild.co.uk/). The two projects are uniquely similar as the two schemes were built next to each other at the same time, with the same client and design team. Observations are made which suggest that the single stage approach creates uncertainty for the client, whereas SCAPE provides a greater certainty of outcome from the outset. Suggestions are made for future development of SCAPE and wider construction procurement.