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Competition: Financial Services Commission Building, Montserrat

Little Bay, Montserrat
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Montserrat’s Financial Services Commission is seeking an architect for its new £1.3 million headquarters in Little Bay

The winning team will create a new base for the organisation, responsible for regulating and supervising financial service providers on the small Caribbean island which became a British colony in the early 17th century and remains a British Overseas Territory.

The 800m² project is for an undeveloped plot in Little Bay (pictured) which has been earmarked as the island’s future capital following the destruction of Plymouth by the eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano in 1997. New premises for the Office of the Auditor General and Financial Crime and Analysis Unit will also feature in the development.

In its brief, the commission says it is ‘inviting prospective architects to submit design and financial proposals for the opportunity to design a “modern, state-of-the-art building” and prepare the construction documents for a three-storey structure in Little Bay Montserrat …

‘The architect who is adjudged to have delivered the most advantageous and creative solutions that satisfies the criteria outlined in this document will be invited to execute a contract to produce the full construction documents based on the conceptual design with modifications if necessary as directed by the project manager at no additional cost to the Financial Services Commission and provide the technical inspection services for the construction of the building by the contractor.’

Montserrat is a small Caribbean island measuring around 16km long and 11km wide which is home to just under 5,000 residents. The 102 km2 landmass was colonised by Irish settlers in the early 17th century and is now an internally self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom.

The eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano in 1997 saw large areas of the island, including its former capital Plymouth, abandoned and thousands of residents evacuated to the United Kingdom. The population has since recovered but a significant part of the island remains closed due to concerns over volcanic activity.

Interested teams should submit floor plans, sections, elevations, external concept sketches and internal concept sketches along with any other drawings needed to illustrate their proposal. Applications must be in English.

Applicants must have professional indemnity insurance of at least £280,000. Submissions will be judged 45 per cent on design quality, 25 per cent on team experience, and 30 per cent on cost.

The winning team will be expected to include architectural, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, quantity surveying, and technical inspection services.

The deadline for applications is midday local time on 9 January.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Dulcie James
Commissioner
Financial Services Commission
Valley View Building
P.O. Box 188
Brades
MSR1110
Montserrat
West Indies

Email: fsccomr@candw.ms 

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