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High Street 2012 public works jobs up for grabs

Small practices have the chance to win their work global exposure with this four part competition for the public works on London’s 2012 marathon route

Tower Hamlets Council is seeking to appoint design teams to help deliver high quality public realm improvements along the 6km of the London 2012 marathon route. The competition is split into four parts, with practices with annual turnovers as low as £300,000 eligible. The works will be at Aldgate, Whitechapel, Mile End Waste and Mile End, as part of the High Street 2012 programme.

Steve Mcadam of Fluid, who worked on the High Street 2012 Vision Study said ‘It’s a great opportunity. The street includes the last 6km of the marathon route so that part of the city will be very much in the public eye, come 2012. I think there’ll be lots of interest as it’s a two stage process, it’s split into four lots and it’s accessible to smaller practices. We’ll certainly be going for it!’

High Street 2012 is one of the Mayor of London’s Great Spaces. Tower Hamlets Council is working with Design for London/London Development Agency, Newham Council, Transport for London, English Heritage and the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation to promote and advance the initiative.

The High Street 2012 Vision Study provides a framework for public realm improvements along the route. A summary of the study can be downloaded here.

The study includes concept proposals for public realm schemes at a number of sites, including Aldgate, Whitechapel, Mile End Waste and Mile End.

The job is divided into four lots, including:

Lot 1: High Street 2012: Aldgate: project budget £1,100,000

Lot 2: High Street 2012: Whitechapel: project budget £1,900,000

Lot 3: High Street 2012: Mile End Waste: project budget £1,400,000

Lot 4: Mile End: project budget £200,000

For the Aldgate, Whitechapel and Mile End Waste schemes, a full design service (RIBA C-L) will be required for the entire scheme. For the Mile End scheme, designs to RIBA C will be required for the entire scheme, with some elements of the scheme (to be agreed as part of the design process) to proceed to RIBA L.

Practices wishing to bid for the job must have a minimum annual turnover of £300,000 for the smallest lot, and £1,200,000 for the largest. If applying for more than 2 lots annual turnover need only exceed £1,800,000.

Practices have til midday 4.12.2009 to register expressions of interest. PQQs will be issued on the same day with the submission deadline on 14.12.09.

Readers' comments (6)

  • I suggest the AJ conduct a straw pole of what they percieve to be well known young practices. I think that they will be surprised at the shear number of firms with a turnover of less than £300K. Why have a minumum turnover at all? It will rule out submissions from some of the many very creative and talented firms.

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  • and £300k only applies to one of the four study areas with design to stage C.

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  • Well:
    . I am a very talented architect
    . I am a "small" practice that struggle through the recession like all the others
    . I have a keen interest in public spaces
    . I have experience working on larger public scale projects within well know architectural firms.
    . I am not lucky enough to turn over £300,000.

    I guess I'm out.
    Tower Hamlets will be missing out.

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  • and £300k only applies to one of the four study areas with design to stage C.

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  • "Well:
    . I am a very talented architect"

    Wow, how modest of you David.

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  • obviously not interested in small businesses. Why have a 300K base level. I am just starting out and would like a chance to bid for work.

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