The English Sports Council has announced a new £2 million design services framework covering a range of projects and research activities
Up to four teams will be selected for the agreement which will run for four years and involve supporting the quango on a range of new sports facilities schemes ranging in value from £100,000 to £30 million.
Key responsibilities for the chosen teams will include reviewing design guidance, supporting national sports centre developments, developing designs for affordable concepts, developing benchmark and sustainable models, researching acoustics, and developing multi-media solutions.
In its brief, the council – also known as Sport England – says that since the late 1990s it has ‘invested significant sums of money into developing sports facilities. This can range from small modernisation/refurbishment projects typically pavilions and clubhouses up to multi-million pound wet and dry sport, leisure and complementary centres, and more recently co-location, bringing together community services (for example health, libraries).
‘The design consultant will typically be expected to: provide leadership, co-ordination and overall project management for architectural and design services on specific projects; support Sport England in the development of potential framework agreements for common facility types and specialist goods, services and supplies; and develop alternative design solutions to Sport England officers and negotiate with lottery applicants over optimal design solutions.’
Sport England was created in 1996 with a remit to promote government and lottery investment in new facilities to increase the number of people participating in sport and activity.
The organisation aims to promote both regular sport and general activity among a wide range of people including groups which statistically engage less in sports. The organisation has provided support and guidance on a range of high profile projects including the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and Wembley Stadium development.
Key recent research by the organisation has included the creation of affordable models for new sporting facilities including school sports halls, sports centres and adult community swimming pools. Teams chosen for the framework will support Sports England with new projects and with the review and development of its existing design guidance and benchmarks.
Recent Sport England-supported projects have included a new timber-framed grandstand (pictured) by Hopkins Architects at Herne Hill Velodrome in south London.
The deadline for applications is midday, 8 May.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
The English Sports Council
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