Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is seeking architects for a £20 million framework covering major works across its decentralised estate
Between four and six teams will be chosen for the four-year agreement, which is expected to yield up to £1 million in architectural fees. The winners will work on a range of projects valued at between £50,000 and £2 million.
Key projects planned to commence this year include a £1.1 million consolidation of SRUC’s Auchincruive base, a £1.5 million upgrade of the Inverness Veterinary Centre, a £1.4 million revamp of the Edinburgh Central Veterinary Laboratory and a £500,000 overhaul of the Craibstone Engineering Facility.
According to the brief: ‘With the quantity of estates capital projects expected to increase within the next few years, SRUC has considered the best approach to resourcing projects. The preferred approach is to adopt the traditional direct architect’s appointment, where an architect is directly appointed at project inception to lead the briefing process with client and stakeholder groups, design development, and delivery of the project.
‘They will lead the design team through all eight stages of the RIBA plan of work to help complete the project effectively and efficiently, explore ways in which to optimise our built assets and deliver greater value for money.’
SRUC was created five years ago following the amalgamation of Barony College, Elmwood College, Oatridge College and the Scottish Agricultural College. The organisation has its headquarters in Edinburgh (pictured), and operates out of six campuses as well as occupying facilities at around 26 other sites across the country, including offices, disease surveillance centres and experimental farms.
The latest framework will cover around £20 million worth of improvement works at these locations over the next four years. Bidders must hold employer’s liability insurance of £5 million, public liability insurance cover of £5 million and £3 million of professional indemnity insurance.
The deadline for applications is noon, 17 June.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
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