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Reiach and Hall picks up major nuclear project

Edinburgh’s Reiach and Hall has won the contest to design the new £15 million national nuclear archive facility in Wick, Caithness, Scotland

The practice was picked ahead of the likes of Gareth Hoskins, JM Architects, BDP and Broadway Malyan, following a contest organised by RIAS for Dounreay Site Restoration (DSL). Employed by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, DSL is carrying out the clean-up and demolition of the UK’s former centre of fast reactor research at Dounreay which was ‘taken offline’ in 1994.

Among the competition judges was Kathryn Findlay of Ushida Findlay, who said: ‘I am convinced that we have chosen a firm of architects who will create a new landmark for Caithness and a building of which we can all be proud.’

According to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the archive will become a ’ hugely important store of history and knowledge’ when it completes in summer 2013.

Reiach and Hall’s Neil Gillespie, added: ‘There are relatively few projects of this quality at present. We are aware how fortunate we are. The project has everything – a really interesting and demanding brief and it is located in the North, one of the most inspirational areas of Scotland.’

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The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority became the owner of the Dounreay site in 2005, with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) remaining as operator. Decommissioning of Dounreay is planned ‘to bring the site to an interim care and surveillance state’ by 2036, and as a brownfield site by 2336, at a total cost of £2.9 billion.

Previous story (14.10.09)

Contest launched for National Nuclear Archive, Dounreay

Dounreay Site Restoration intends to commission an architectural practice for the development of a national nuclear archive

Name, addresses and contact point(s):
Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL), Naver Business Centre, Naver House, Naver Road, Contact: Project Manager, Attn: Stewart Henderson, UK-Thurso KW14 7QA. Tel.  +44 1847804750. E-mail: stewart.henderson@dounreay.com. Fax  +44 1847802697.

Further information can be obtained at: RIAS Consultancy, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, 15 Rutland Square, Contact: Consultancy Manager, Attn: Charlene Byrne, UK-Edinburgh EH1 2BE. Tel.  +44 1312297545. E-mail: consultancy@rias.org.uk. Fax  +44 1312282188. URL: www.rias.org.uk.

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained at:RIAS Consultancy, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, 15 Rutland Square, Contact: Consultancy Manager, Attn: Charlene Byrne, UK-Edinburgh EH1 2BE. Tel.  +44 1312297545. E-mail: consultancy@rias.org.uk. Fax  +44 1312282188. URL: www.rias.org.uk.

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to:RIAS Consultancy, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, 15 Rutland Square, Contact: Consultancy Manager, Attn: Charlene Byrne, UK-Edinburgh EH1 2BE. Tel.  +44 1312297545. E-mail: consultancy@rias.org.uk. Fax  +44 1312282188. URL: www.rias.org.uk.

Type of the contracting authority and main activity or activities:
Body governed by public law.
Other: Archive Facility.
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no.

Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
UK-Thurso: national nuclear archive, selection of architect.

Main place of performance:
UK-Thurso.Caithness & Sutherland and Ross & Cromarty.

Information on framework agreement:
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement:
Estimated value excluding VAT: 15 000 000 GBP.

Short description of the contract or purchase(s):

DSRL intends to commission an architectural practice through a competitive interview process to provide full professional services to a major development of a new build national institution. Engineering, cost consultant and related technical consultancy services will be separate appointments, made by DSRL through the OJEU process.

Division into lots:
No.

Total quantity or scope:
It is proposed that the architect will provide full services at all pre and post contract stages, to include advice in respect of best practice issues such as procurement strategy, sustainability, risk management, value management and life cycle costs. They will be responsible for preparation and submission of all Local Authority approvals. They will be expected to work with the other members of the design team in a fully integrated manner, co-located at Naver House in Thurso. Estimated value excluding VAT: £15 million.
Estimated value excluding VAT: £15 million.

Duration of the contract or time-limit for completion:
Starting: 5.1.2010. Completion: 5.8.2013.

Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate:
Envisaged minimum number: 4. Maximum number: 5.

Time-limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate:
11.11.2009 - 12:00.

Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates:
25.11.2009.

Date of dispatch of this notice:
2.10.2009.

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