Building Refurbishment of Elizabeth Tower, London

Building Refurbishment of Elizabeth Tower, London

To ensure that the UK’s most famous clock continues to keep time, specialist teams carry out regular maintenance and adjustments to the Great Clock.

United Kingdom-London: Construction work

2016/S 120-213311

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

The Corporate Officer of the House of Lords and The Corporate Officer of the House of Commons
1 Floor, 7 Millbank
Contact point(s): Business Support Team:
SW1P 3JA London
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2072191600
Fax: +44 2072191600

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

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

Other: parliament UK
I.3)Main activity

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:

LSC2203- Refurbishment of Elizabeth Tower.

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



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 Corporate Officer of the House of Lords and The Corporate Officer of The House of Commons are undertaking key internal conservation and refurbishment works to the Elizabeth Tower, including waterproofing and addressing condensation problems as well as modernising the building to improve standards in safety, access and visitor and workspace facilities.
Completed in 1856, the Elizabeth Tower was constructed using 2 600 cubic metres of brick and 850 cubic metres of stone, all of which were transported to Westminster by river. Designed by architects Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin, it took over 13 years to build. Renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012, to honour the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, it is regularly featured in popular culture and is 1 of the most photographed landmarks in the world.
Background and Works to Date:
To ensure that the UK’s most famous clock continues to keep time, specialist teams carry out regular maintenance and adjustments to the Great Clock. However, it has now been over 31 years since the last extensive works were carried out to maintain the Elizabeth Tower.
Problems have been identified with the clock hands, mechanism and pendulum, which need to be dealt with immediately to ensure that the clock can continue to work properly. Identified areas of concern include cracks in masonry, leaks, erosion and rusting of metalwork. There is a risk that if not addressed shortly the clock may fail or fabric problems may become acute.
In addition, the Tower needs to be brought in-line with fire prevention guidance and health and safety measures for staff and visitors need to be improved. In order to provide a better means of emergency evacuation, a lift will also be installed inside the tower, which will also provide access for maintenance.
The last significant conservation work was completed in 1983-85. This involved the cleaning and repair of the stone, painting and gilding works and repairs to the cast iron roof. The structure was stabilised in 1995/96 as a result of works carried out to the Jubilee Line. Parts of the clock mechanism were serviced in 2007, but other areas haven’t been overhauled in over 25 years.
Project Objectives:
— Work to prevent the clock mechanism from failing;
— Addressing problems caused by decay to the fabric of the building;
— Health and safety and fire safety improvements, including installation of a lift;
— Enhanced energy efficiency through modern lighting of the tower face and other measures.
Overall the project’s aim is to conserve the Tower for future generations.
The scope of this project includes:
— Facilitating Works to the Clock (Servicing of the Clock Mechanism to be carried out by Parliamentary Estates Clock Mechanics);
— Scaffolding/Access;
— Redecoration of the Cast Iron Roofs;
— Refurbishment of the Ayrton Light;
— Refurbishment of the Clock Faces and Hands;
— Stonework Repair;
— Structural Repairs and Waterproofing;
— Installation of a Lift;
— Internal refurbishment;
— Fire Safety Improvement;
— Refurbishment of Building Services.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

45000000, 45453100, 45451100, 45442180, 45451000, 45313100, 45212353, 45262100, 45262600, 45331000, 45262512, 45262511, 45262500, 45442100,45454100, 45442121, 45442110, 45262510, 45262522, 45262110, 45223000, 45100000, 45262520, 45442190, 45262700, 45454000, 45262000, 45442120,45453000, 45330000, 45450000, 45262521, 45262120, 45212350, 45262660

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes


This contract is divided into lots: no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Estimated value excluding VAT: 15 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals

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

Duration in months: 26 (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:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
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

Some candidates have already been selected (if appropriate under certain types of negotiated procedures) no
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
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:


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


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

Payable documents: no

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

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

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
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
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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