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Norwich refurbishment of medieval friary buildings

Architectural and design services relating to the refurbishment of St Andrew's and Blackfriars' Halls, which formed the monastic church, together with their surrounding medieval friary buildings (all Grade 1 listed and a scheduled ancient monument) on a site first settled in the 1240s.

Name, addresses and contact point(s):
Norwich Heart, P.O. Box 3130, Attn: Stephen Johnson, UK-Norwich NR2 1XR. Tel. (44-1603) 30 55 75. E-mail: stephenjohnson@heritagecity.org.

General address of the contracting authority:www.heritagecity.org.
Address of the buyer profile: http://www.mytenders.org/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA18241.

Further information can be obtained at: Norwich Heart, P.O. Box 3130, Attn: Lorraine Canty, UK-Norwich NR2 1XR. Tel. (44-1603) 30 55 75. E-mail: Lorrainecanty@heritagecity.org.
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained at: Norwich Heart, P.O. Box 3130, Attn: Lorraine Canty, UK-Norwich NR2 1XR. Tel. (44-1603) 30 55 75. E-mail: lorrainecanty@heritagecity.org. Fax n/a.
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Norwich Heart, P.O. Box 3130, Attn: Stephen Johnson, UK-Norwich NR2 1XR. Tel. (44-1603) 30 55 75. E-mail: stephenjohnson@heritagecity.org.
Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
St Andrew's Hall, Norwich, development team.

Short description of the contract or purchase(s):
Architectural and design services relating to the refurbishment of St Andrew's and Blackfriars' Halls, which formed the monastic church, together with their surrounding medieval friary buildings (all Grade 1 listed and a scheduled ancient monument) on a site first settled in the 1240s. The project involves insertion of new elements including interpretation of the complex, introduction of new concert and performance facilities, services and seating for audiences, provision of restaurant and bars, and the addition of a new-build elemnet to the existing complex of a conference suite for up to 400 delegates. It is intended that the project will be an exemplar of low-carbon economic growth. A full design team incorporating all the specialisms needed for the project, including Architect, Conservation Architect, Structural Engineers, Environmental Engineer (M&E), Specialists in lighting, acoustics, and performance, fire, safety, landscape and arboriculturalist, with specialists in sustainability and renewables is expected to be required.

Total quantity or scope:
The fee for the professional contract is expected to be expressed as a percentage of the overall capital works contract cost.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 500 000 and 3 000 000 GBP.

Duration of the contract or time-limit for completion:
Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract).

Other particular conditions to which the performance of the contract is subject:
Yes. The contract will only be awarded (in March 2009) if the required funding for the project is awarded by grant-making authorities.


Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate:
Envisaged number of operators 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Relevance of skills base to the expected task.
Track record with heritage structures and contexts, within the UK's planning system.
Degree to which the background material, including the draft Client Brief, has been understood and responded to.

Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document:
Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 21.11.2008.

Time-limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate:
28.11.2008 - 12:00.

Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates:
19.12.2008.

Contract related to a project and/or programme financed by eu funds:
Yes. Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): Bids are being made to part-fund this project through the East of England ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-13 fund for low carbon economic growth in the East of England; and through Interreg IV A, the France-England-Flanders-Netherlands Cross-border co-operation programme.

Additional information:
This design team is being recruited to provide the architectural and professional services to see the St Andrew's and Blackfriars' Halls project through all stages from Design (Concept stage, through Design Development, Technical Design), Pre-construction, Construction, to Post Practical Completion. This will be broken for practical purposes into two stages.
Stage 1: this will cover the design and pre-construction phases of the project. There will be no commission to begin on this stage unless and until funding has been awarded by grant-making bodies to cover this part of the work.
Stage 2: this will cover the tendering, construction, and post-practical completion stages of the works.
There may be a gap of some months between Stages 1 and 2 while final approvals are awaited from funding bodies.

Date of dispatch of this notice:
22.10.2008.

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