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Competition: Foreign and Commonwealth Office framework

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is recruiting architects for a new construction services framework worth £13 million in total

Architects chosen for the four-year agreement will have the opportunity to work on a range of new-build and maintenance projects across Foreign Office sites, worth up to £1.8 million in fees.

Separate lots for the framework will seek building surveyors, civil and structural engineers, building services consultants, hazardous materials specialists, quantity surveyors and interior designers.

According to the brief: ‘The services that shall be provided by the supplier under this framework agreement will support the authority in the delivery of the types of construction projects and/or programmes indicated below.

‘Properties may vary widely, ranging from historic buildings and structures through to modern “state of the art” structures. Projects may range from traditional to modular forms of construction and may include, but not be limited to: new build, refurbishment, alteration/extension, conservation, maintenance, replacement of plant, security and demolitions.’

The framework is tendered by FCO Services which has provided specialist support to the department’s overseas network of 267 posts in 152 countries for more than 65 years.

Recent projects completed by FCO Services include an interior overhaul of the British residence in Montevideo, Uruguay and upgrade of Wifi services across the department’s estate.

The latest framework comes seven years after URS Scott Wilson, RTKL and Jordon & Bateman were appointed to a separate framework covering the design of British embassies around the world.

Architects chosen for the current framework will be required to deliver a range of services including design; expert advice; various studies, surveys and reports; CAD services and supervision services.

The majority of the works are expected to be retrofitting and refurbishment projects ranging from £20,000 to £50,000 in total value. Fees are expected to total around £450,000 per year.

The deadline for applications is 10am on 1 February.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

FCO Services
Hanslope Park
Milton Keynes
MK19 7BH

Tel: +44 1908515752
Email: joanna.campbell@fco.gov.uk


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