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Competition: Scottish Canals framework

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Scottish Canals has announced a new £2.5 million architectural services framework

Up to eight teams will be chosen for the five-year framework which covers a range of ‘operational, commercial and regeneration’ projects across the organisation’s 1,500ha estate.

The framework is divided into two lots with the first covering medium and high-value projects worth an estimated £2.25 million in total fees, and the second covering low-value projects worth around £250,000 in total fees. Bids will be evaluated 70 per cent on quality and 30 per cent on cost.

In its brief, Scottish Canals says it is ‘looking for partner organisations to provide a range of architecture and design services to aid the organisation [in delivering] a number of projects in the operational, commercial, and regeneration and development work of the organisation.

‘The unique nature of the canal network in Scotland includes many heritage assets, scheduled ancient monuments, water control and containment installations, as well as unique structures such as the Falkirk Wheel. A longer framework period allows for time for all parties to gain a better understanding of these assets and provide better value for money through the framework.’

Scottish Canals is a branch of the Scottish Government responsible for managing more than 220km of inland waterways. The organisation has responsibility for the Caledonian, Crinan, Forth and Clyde, Monkland and Union Canals along with several locks on Loch Ness.

It also manages around 90 buildings including the Falkirk Wheel and Kelpies installation (pictured) by Nicoll Russell Studios and Andy Scott. In September, Scottish Canals launched a search for a development partner to help the organisation deliver holiday accommodation in key waterfront locations.

Applicants for the high and medium-value projects lot will require an annual turnover of £2 million and professional indemnity insurance worth £3 million. Applicants for the low-value projects lot will require an annual turnover of £200,000 and insurance worth £250,000.

The deadline for applications is midday, 30 November.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Steven Menzies
Scottish Canals
Canal House
1 Applecross Street
G4 9SP

Tel: +44 1413326936
Email: procurement@scottishcanals.co.uk 

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