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Conservation project, Sandwell, West Midlands

Full architectural services on a building conservation project relating to a 16th century house, a 17th century stable and an 18th century barn, the latter two being derelict, associated landscaping works etc.

Name, addresses and contact points:
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Purchasing Services, Sandwell Council House, Freeth street, Attn: Matthew Cannavan, UK-Oldbury B69 3BS. Tel. (44) 012 15 69 38 16. E-mail: contractors_assessmentunit@sandwell.gov.uk. Fax (44) 012 15 69 38 23.

Further information can be obtained at:
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Environment House, Lombard street, Contact: Frank Caldwell, Attn: Frank Caldwell, UK-West Bromwich B70 9RU. Tel. (44) 012 15 69 83 42. E-mail: frank_caldwell@sandwell.gov.uk. Fax (44) 012 15 69 47 04.

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to:
Sandwell MBC, Business Services, Purchasing Services, The Sandwell Council House, po box 2372, Contact: Matthew Cannavan, Attn: Matthew Cannavan, UK-Oldbury B69 3BS. Tel. (44) 012 15 69 38 16. E-mail: contractors_assessmentunit@sandwell.gov.uk. Fax (44) 012 15 69 38 23.

Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
The Oak House Gardens and Barns Contract.

Short description of the contract or purchase(s):
Full architectural services on a building conservation project relating to a 16th century house, a 17th century stable and an 18th century barn, the latter two being derelict, associated landscaping works etc. Services will be required from RIBA stage c (outline proposals) through to RIBA stage L (administration of contract and works). The contract will be let as a two part contract (initially to RIBA stage E- detailed design) as funding may not be available for stages F-L initially (and there is a low risk of the project not progressing beyond stage E).

Total quantity or scope:
Estimated value excluding VAT: 240 000 GBP.

Duration of the contract or time-limit for completion:
Starting: 1.1.2009. Completion: 1.6.2010.

Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate:
Envisaged minimum number: 5.

Time-limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate:
8.8.2008 - 12:00.

Additional information:
This project is dependant on successful bids being made to Heritage Lottery Fund and other funders. Timescales may be extended as a consequence of independent funders timetable for release of funding. It is expected that there will be a break in the contract of between 6-12 months following completion of scheme design (to RIBA stage d) and there is no guarantee that funding to progress beyond stage d will be achieved. When executing the contract within the United Kingdom, the successful bidder will be expected to comply with the recommendations of the latest statutory code of practice for equality in employment, published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Details are available from the Equality and Human Rights Commission website: www.equalityhumanrights.com/pages/eocdrccre.aspx. Applicants must complete an official pre-qualification questionnaire, obtainable from Matthew Cannavan at the first address specified in I.1. This must be returned with the supporting documentation to the address stated in the questionnaire by noon Friday 8th August 2008. Questionnaires received after this time will not be processed. Queries regarding the operation of the contract should be made to Frank Caldwell at the 'Further Information' address specified in I.1 (E-mail addresses are often unclear in the EU advert. There is an ‘underscore’ where a gap appears in the address.) Where possible the operator of this contract may be required to actively participate in the economic and social regeneration of the locality of and surrounding the place of delivery for the project.

Date of dispatch of this notice:
9.7.2008.

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