St Pancras Development Partner Procurement

St Pancras Development Partner Procurement

The British Library Board is seeking a development partner to support it in creating a development of exceptional architectural distinction on a 2.8 acre site at the northern end of its freehold estate at St Pancras, London.

United Kingdom-London: Construction work

2015/S 170-309153

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

The British Library
96 Euston Road
Contact point(s):
For the attention of: Fraser Alasdair
NW1 2DB London
Telephone: +44 1937546460
Fax: +44 1937546660

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Electronic access to information:

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.3)Main activity

Recreation, culture and religion
Other: Library and Information Services

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract


II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

OPS9333 The British Library, St Pancras Development Partner Procurement.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Realisation, by whatever means of work, corresponding to the requirements specified by the contracting authorities
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: The British Library, St Pancras, London,United Kingdom.

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

The British Library Board is seeking a development partner to support it in creating a development of exceptional architectural distinction on a 2.8 acre site at the northern end of its freehold estate at St Pancras, London to extend and complement its current Grade I listed building. We envisage a mixed-use development providing new public spaces for the British Library and a headquarters for the new Alan Turing Institute alongside extensive space for diverse commercial uses.
The British Library Board is an arms length body (ALB) of the Department for Culture Media and Sport and is a non-departmental public body which also has charitable status. The British Library therefore has statutory and charitable responsibilities as well as duties of public engagement, transparency and ethical behaviour.
Any contract made with a developer of the site must be compatible with all of these duties and responsibilities. A draft heads of terms that reflect this is available on the British Library’s BRAVO e-Tendering system.
The British Library is the UK’s national library with premises in London, Boston Spa, Yorkshire and Stockton-on-Tees. The British Library, London is located on the Euston Road, in the London Borough of Camden, close to King’s Cross, St Pancras and Euston railway stations.
The British Library listed Grade I by Historic England (see, is one of the most important public buildings of the 20th century. Since it opened in 1997, visitor numbers to our exhibitions and public spaces have grown dramatically along with use of our 11 reading rooms. Our vision for the organisation we want to be is set out in the document Living Knowledge: The British Library 2015-2023.The nearby King’s Cross redevelopment is 1 of Europe’s largest regeneration projects raising the profile of the area nationally and internationally. The scheme is radically changing the area providing a nucleus for further growth and investment with an estimated 50 000 people living and working there by 2020.
The new Francis Crick Institute on the British Library’s northern boundary is nearing completion and will be a workplace for 1 500 scientists.
The British Library estate sits at the heart of the new knowledge quarter, which was launched by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in December 2014. The knowledge quarter is a partnership of over 50 academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organisations based in King’s Cross, Euston and Bloomsbury.
In response to growing footfall changing research needs and increased expectations of our cultural, business and educational offer, we have identified a need to extend the public spaces and facilities of the British Library in ways that the current building cannot provide. In addition, since the selection of the British Library as the core location for the Alan Turing Institute, we need to create a bespoke headquarters for this major new UK centre for big data and computer science research.
Following a Prior Information Notice earlier this year, we are asking for interested parties to complete a pre qualification questionnaire (PQQ), in order to select a shortlist of bidders to be invited to take part in the full competitive dialogue procedure.
We expect to achieve a development of exceptional architectural distinction to extend and complement architect, Colin St John Wilson’s landmark building and its Grade I Listed building designation. The developer will need to satisfy the British Library that its lead architect has the capability to meet the very highest standards of architectural quality, sophistication and attention to detail, resolve the multiple requirements into a coherent and elegant design solution and show both understanding of and sensitivity to the social and built environment in which the development will sit.
In return for a long lease of up to 150 years the British Library expects to receive from the development partner:
— A capital receipt to be returned by the developer to the British Library (based on 2016 values) in tranches over the period to, at the latest 1.4.2022. The payment frequency, timings and amounts will form a major component of the dialogue,
— A share in the achieved rental (see the heads of terms) providing the British Library with a yearly income over the duration of the lease.
In preparation for this procurement, the British Library has prepared an indicative design concept that in outline form fulfils the basic requirements above and which has been used as a ‘proof of concept’ to test the proposed approach to the development. Please note that this modelling and massing/design work is not a suggested design or a requirement and that we are wholly open to discussions of any high-quality design concept that fulfils our requirements.

Of the new space created within the new development, the British Library will require approximately 100 000 ft2 for its own uses and as the headquarters of the Alan Turing Institute. The spaces for the Library and the Alan Turing Institute will be handed over to the Library as fully completed ‘Shell and Core’ space, ready for fit-out by the Library and the Institute. A detailed specification for the Shell and Core works will be developed and agreed during the procurement.

Maps, model massing, example design studies and historical information about the build of the current British Library building are all available on the British Library’s BRAVO e-Tendering system.
It is expected that a comprehensive approach to the site will be taken. Exceptional standards of architectural, urban and environmental design will be expected that respect local context, character and heritage assets, in particular the character, appearance and setting of the Grade I listed British Library building to the south and others nearby (Policy CS14).
High quality landscaping and public realm will be required as will the highest standards of access which minimise the impacts on local residents and do not compromise the quality of public routes and spaces.
Any new development will need to take careful account of community engagement with particular reference to nearby Levita house, Somers Town and Camden. The British Library has a vision for a high level of public use and the potential for bringing the local community together with the people and facilities of the knowledge quarter.
The British Library is within the administrative area of the London Borough of Camden. The site is allocated in the London Borough of Camden Site Allocations Development Plan (2013): a copy of this document is available with the associated documents through the British Library’s BRAVO e-Tendering system.
The development site is identified as Site 5 in the plan and is allocated for development that meets the future operational needs of the British Library and/or a mix of uses including other complementary uses.
The supporting text to the site 5 policy identifies the variation in density and building heights from Euston Road to the residential areas to the north. It notes that a transition in building heights across the site would be appropriate.
In accordance with the Localism Act 2011 a draft neighbourhood plan has been submitted to the London Borough of Camden. The British Library has contributed to the preparation of this draft plan with regard to the development site. A copy of the plan will be made available through the British Library’s BRAVO e-Tendering system when it is approved.
It is expected that the new development will be high quality both in construction and architecture with the buildings and eventual tenants being a good mix and fit with the values and purposes of the British Library itself and the knowledge quarter as a whole.

The project is defined in outline in the project definition of the pre qualification questionnaire (PQQ). Interested parties should also acquaint themselves with the requirements of the British Library and the constraints on the development. All of this is supported by other documents available on the British Library’s BRAVO e-Tendering system including model massing and example design studies, maps, aerial photographs, a performance specification for the galleries and other background information about the British Library and its vision for the period to 2023, when it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Interested parties should download the full documentation set from the British Library’s BRAVO e-Tendering system and acquaint themselves with the PQQ process, the competitive dialogue process, and the award criteria that will be used by the British Library to assess final tenders. The documents can be accessed through following registration. Outline time scales for the whole procedure and details of the time scales for the PQQ are included. The overall intention is to announce a winner of the procedure in August 2016, but this is not a commitment as the competitive dialogue procedure is iterative in nature.

The construction phase is estimated to be in the range of 10 years as set out in Section 11.3). The maximum lease term to be granted is expected to be 150 years.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

45000000, 71500000, 70112000, 45214600, 45212330, 45212331, 70110000, 70120000, 45212350, 70000000, 45212310

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

See Section II.1.5) The scope also includes services to complete the development.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 0 and 0 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 120 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

The Library reserves the right to require guarantees or other forms of security. Further information will be set out in the PQQ and project description documents.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

We expect the project to be wholly financed by the developer at their own risk as laid out in the PQQ and project description documents.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

If the successful bidder is a joint venture or consortium, the Library may require the successful bidder to form a single legal entity to enter the contract document for the project or the consortium members to sign undertakings that they will be jointly and severally liable.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Set out in the PQQ and project description documents.
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: We expect the project to be wholly financed by the developer at their own risk as laid out in the PQQ and project description documents.
Suppliers Instructions on How to Express Interest in This Tender:
1. Register your company on the e-Sourcing portal (this is only required once):

— Browse to the e-Sourcing portal: and click the link to ‘Register’,

— Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘Continue’,
— Enter your correct business and user details,
— Note the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete,
— You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure).
2. Express an interest in the tender:
— Login to the portal with the username/password,
— Click the ‘PQQs/ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link (these are pre qualification questionnaires or invitations to tender open to any registered supplier),
— Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content,
— Click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page,
— This will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page (this is a secure area reserved for your projects only),
— You can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box.
3. Responding to the Tender:
— Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason, if declining),
— You can use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification,
— Note the deadline for completion, then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT,
— There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available).
— You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page.
If you require any further assistance, please consult the online help or contact the e-Tendering help desk.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Set out in the PQQ and project description documents, we expect the project to be wholly financed by the developer at their own risk as laid out in the PQQ and project description documents.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Set out in the PQQ and project description documents.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

competitive dialogue

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged number of operators: 4

IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated yes
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

OPS9333 The British Library, St Pancras, Development Partner Procurement

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2015/S 44-076326 of 4.3.2015

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 7.10.2015 – 12:00
Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

9.10.2015 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

VI.3)Additional information

The Contracting Authority intends to use an e-Tendering system in this procurement, details on the Bravo e-Tendering system are set out at Section III.2.1) The Library reserves the right not to award the contract (in whole or in part) and to cancel or amend the procurement at any stage. The Library shall not be liable under any circumstances for any costs, expenses or losses incurred by candidates or bidders responding to the Contract Notice or taking part in this procurement.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Contracting Authority shall build in a mandatory standstill period prior to the award of any contract. Tenderers have the right to lodge an appeal provided for in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. Any such proceedings must be brought in the High Court of England and Wales.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:


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