Bath and North East Somerset Council has announced a new architectural services framework
The agreement will run for four years and is divided into two lots, covering both architectural design and the conservation of historic buildings.
Teams chosen for the framework will have the opportunity to work on a range of projects within the historic city which was founded by the Romans as a spa and is now recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site.
In its brief, the council explains that it needs to ‘reprocure an architectural design services framework (ADSF) with the expiry of its current framework in spring 2017. The next generation of ADSF is proposed to complement the council’s other design services frameworks that will be procured during 2018.
‘These frameworks aspire to deliver a high standard of aesthetic and technical design services within prescribed project budgets. In addition, specific consideration will be given to the differences between designing projects to safeguard the historic built environment within the Bath World Heritage Site and wider district.’
Formerly the site of a natural hot spring, Bath was transformed into a spa city by the Romans in AD 60. The settlement, next to the River Avon, later became a major recreational and healing centre.
The city’s well-preserved Georgian streetscape and buildings – including the landmark Royal Crescent, Circus, Pump Room and Assembly Rooms – saw the area recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1987.
In January, Grimshaw was appointed to design an 18,000-capacity stadium for Bath Rugby, while last year Penoyre & Prasad won planning approval for a £30 million development in the heart of Bath despite concerns from heritage bodies over its impact on the World Heritage Site.
Other major schemes in the city include the competition-winning £2.5 million Bath Quays Bridge by Marc Mimram.
Interested teams may bid for one or both of the two frameworks on offer.
The deadline for applications is midday, 2 July.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Bath and North East Somerset Council
Telephone: +44 1225477285