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Competition: University of Sheffield framework

University of Sheffield masterplan
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The University of Sheffield is recruiting architects for a pair of frameworks covering small and large projects up until 2022

Up to four practices will be selected for each of the two separate lots, which cover projects worth up to £4 million and projects worth more than £4 million respectively. The contracts, which run from 2018 to 2022, are part of a larger consultancy services framework with additional lots covering town planning, project management, structural engineering, and cost consulting.

The framework announcement comes three years after Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with Grant Associates drew up a regeneration masterplan for the South Yorkshire university. It also comes seven months after the university abandoned its contentious contest for a new £25 million music centre, amid criticism from procurement reform campaigners.

Architectural services will include designing, developing and documenting all architectural elements via drawings, models, schedules and specifications, as well as advising on quality control during contract, and acting as lead designer in the development of co-ordinated design work with other consultants.

The university’s brief states: ‘The contracts on the framework will be awarded independently of each other, and there is no requirement for any tenderer expressing an interest in this contract to express an interest in any other of the contracts forming the University of Sheffield Consultancy framework 2018 - 2022. Likewise, tenderers requesting an expression of interest will not be excluded from expressing an interest in any other contract.’

The University of Sheffield has around 27,000 full-time and part-time students from 143 countries and was named The Times’UK University of the Year five years ago.

Landmarks buildings within Sheffield’s city centre campus include GMW’s 78m-high Arts Tower and RMJM’s prepatinated copper-clad Information Commons. Last year AJ100 practice Bond Bryan won planning for a 12,500m2 four-storey glass atrium linking the university’s Grade II-listed Mappin Building with the 1855 Central Wing.

Last March, the university scrapped its contest for a music centre. The proposed Pearl building, on Sheffield’s Upper Hanover Street, was intended to provide new combined facilities for the university’s music, theatre studies and creative writing departments.

The scheme would have replaced warehouses and former light industrial buildings opposite Sauerbruch Hutton’s and RMJM’s Jessop West humanities building, which opened in 2009.

Sheffield‐based Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson has since defeated three rival local teams in a separate contest to create a new pub for the university on part of the site occupied by Henderson’s Relish.

The deadline for applications for the new framework is midday, 24 November.

How to apply

View the small projects framework contract notice for more information

View the large projects framework contract notice for more information

Contact details

Mark Chamberlain
University of Sheffield
Level 8
Arts Tower
Western Bank
S10 2TN

Tel: +44 1442229151
Email: mark.chamberlain@sheffield.ac.uk 

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