Building Works – V&A at Dundee

Building Works – V&A at Dundee

Dundee City Council are seeking to establish a short list of suitable main contractors for the construction of the V&A at Dundee.

United Kingdom-Dundee: Building construction work

2013/S 160-278720

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Dundee City Council
Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street
Contact point(s): City Development
For the attention of: Rob Pedersen
DD1 1LS Dundee
Telephone: +44 1382433640

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from: Dundee City Council
Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street
Contact point(s): Corporate Procurement
For the attention of: Karen Lawson
DD1 1NZ Dundee
Telephone: +44 1382433860
Internet address:

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: Dundee City Council
Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street
Contact point(s): Corporate Procurement
For the attention of: Karen Lawson
DD1 1NZ Dundee
Telephone: +44 1382433860
Internet address:

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity

General public 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:

V&A at Dundee.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Dundee City, Central Waterfront Development site adjacent to Discovery Quay.
NUTS code UKM21

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)

Dundee City Council are seeking to establish a short list of suitable main contractors for the construction of the V&A at Dundee.
The V&A at Dundee will be an international centre of design for Scotland. It will celebrate Scotland’s historic importance in design and host major exhibitions of outstanding international design and will appeal to the widest public and help develop understanding of cultural heritage.
V&A at Dundee will become an indispensible centre for cultivation and exchange of knowledge, opportunity and design innovation. It will develop opportunities for diverse communities to engage with, learn from and enjoy design creativity of the past, present and future. V&A at Dundee will play a vital role in Dundee’s ambitious plans for regeneration, symbolising the city’s high cultural and economic aspirations.
The building design led by the international award winning Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has evolved from a concept reflecting the natural cliff structures found along the north east coast of Scotland. The building envelope is created by a reinforced concrete structural wall clad in reconstituted precast units externally and timber cladding internally creating an organic, layered and textured form.
Building quality will require to be of the highest standard to reflect the ethos of the V&A at Dundee. The building itself will form a show piece of design innovation and construction in Scotland.
The building is partly sited within the Tay River Estuary and the temporary site works required to construct the building will extend further into the estuary. It should be noted that the Tay River Estuary is designated as a NATURA 2000 site.
Planning Consent was granted on 12.8.2013.
The selected procurement route for the works is Restricted Procedure (Single Stage Traditional Procurement with full bills of quantities). There will be elements of Contractor Design.
A summary of the building is set out below:
Site Location: Former Olympia Leisure Centre, Riverside Drive, Dundee. The Olympia Leisure Centre will be demolished and the site area prepared by Dundee City Council prior to the V&A at Dundee contract being awarded. In addition the former Hilton Hotel to the east of Olympia Leisure Centre is being demolished and the site area prepared by Dundee City Council to provide construction compound space for the V&A at Dundee works. These works are to be carried out over July 2013 to April 2014
Dundee City Council are infilling Craig Harbour on the west boundary of the site to provide a working area during the V&A at Dundee construction. This work is expected to take place over August to November 2013
Site area (excluding former Hilton Hotel site) approx 12,775 sqm
Building Area approx 8,500 sqm
Building height: 18.3 m over 3 no floors plus roof top plant housing
Storey height varies between 3.5 m and 5.0 m
External Areas: water features, subterranean pump house for the water features, ground source bore holes for heat pump, landscaping incl granite slabs, trees, lighting, balustrading, vehicle barriers
Ground Floor: Public Entrance, Main Hall Public Space, Retail, Café, Information / Reception, Toilets, Cloak Room, Separate Goods Entrance, Loading Bay, Workshops, Storage. Separate Staff Entrance, Security, Offices, HV Sub Station and transformer
First Floor: Plant areas, Storage, Group Lunch room, Toilets
Second Floor: 4 no Galleries, Gallery Shop, Resource Library, Education, Learning and Engagement Areas, Auditorium, Restaurant, Catering Facilities.
Roof: Plant Housing, photovoltaic cells.
Given the critical objective of the V&A at Dundee reflecting the highest standards of design and construction a key element of this is achieving BREEAM Outstanding.
Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

45210000, 45212000, 45212313, 45212310, 45212313, 45243300, 45244000

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

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:
Range: between 35 000 000 and 39 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
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: 28 (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:

Dundee City Council reserves the right to request Parent Company Guarantee and/or Contract Bond Guarantee.
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:

If a consortium bid is awarded the contract, each member of the consortium must be a legal entity in its own right and each member will be jointly and severally liable for performance of the whole contract.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
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: Detailed in PQQ in accordance with Regulation 24 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: All conditions detailed in PQQ document.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Eligible bidders will then be assessed against the following minimum qualification criteria:
Economic and financial standing –
– The company must have a positive liquidity ratio i.e. current assets must be greater than current liabilities.
– The company must have a positive gearing ratio i.e. shareholders funds/equity must be greater than loan capital.
– The company must have returned a positive net profit before tax for the last 2 financial years prior to submission of the tender i.e. your organisation must be making a profit not a loss.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
the following conditions are taken from Section D of the PQQ document:
D.5 Bidders must be capable of providing details of 3 projects that demonstrate a typical range/type of works carried out within the past 5 years with a contract sum of over GBP 20m and with particular emphasis on bespoke high quality design within the public sector buildings and/or cultural sector. Bidders must provide details of one project which they believe reflects their ability to deliver an iconic building of high quality and of complex design. Dundee City Council reserve the right to visit any project put forward
D.6 The building has a very high degree of geometrical complexity and contains double curvature load bearing reinforced concrete walls with large diameter curved reinforcement. Interested bidders will require to demonstrate experience of constructing buildings of similar complexity with reference to recent previous projects and use of 3D surface geometry techniques as a basis for setting out such buildings.
D.7 The form of the building will require comprehensive temporary works design and detailed construction sequencing by the Main Contractor. Bidders must be capable of demonstrating their approach to the design of complex temporary works with reference to recent previous projects.
D.8 The façade incorporates the construction of precast reconstituted stone units fixed back to reinforced concrete walls with complex construction geometry and double curvature. Bidders will require to demonstrate their experience in setting out precast units and their fixings in buildings of complexity with reference to recent previous projects.
D.9 The project will involve substantial marine works and bidders will require to provide details of construction capability and experience in the marine environment including the following construction elements and environmental issues:
– Marine piling both sheet and tubular including forming rock sockets;
– Construction of concrete works in a tidal environment;
– Construction of temporary cofferdam in a marine environment with rock at shallow depth;
– Provision of safety protocols for undertaking maritime activities.
D.10 The land based site area, formerly the Olympia Leisure Centre is built on reclaimed land over former docks. Bidders must be capable of demonstrating their approach to piling and general substructure construction with highly variable ground conditions based on pervious experience and with particular reference to:
– Large buried structures eg dock walls;
– Possible contamination, eg asbestos;
– Installing large dia piles adjacent to historic structures, eg river walls, and associated monitoring regimes;
– Verification / validation of the sub structure works.
D.11 As the area of site within the Tay Estuary is designated as a NATURA 2000 site bidders must be capable of demonstrating their understanding and experience of carrying out works within a sensitive environment with NATURA 2000 status (or similar internationally recognised classification) and compliance with Habitat Risk Appraisal mitigation measures.
D.12 The design information will be produced in 3D format utilising Revit software. Bidders must be capable of demonstrating their use of Revit or similar and compatible software as a BIM package and experience of using it to capture O&M information using recent previous projects as an illustration.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Minimum Score Threshold.
Interested parties are advised to note that the Council reserve the right to reject any bid that scores less than 50 % of the available score in questions D.5 to D.12 of the PQQ inclusive.
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

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

Envisaged minimum number 5: and maximum number 6
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: These are set out in full in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire, and are as per Regulation 16 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012.
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
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

20.9.2013 – 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
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information

Under this Contract the contractor and its supply chain will be required to actively participate in the achievement of social objectives relating to participation in skills development, employment and training programmes in accordance with the Dundee City Council’s Community Benefits Policy, which can obtained from the PQQ key contact, Karen Lawson, Corporate Procurement Manager. This requirement will form part of the Invitation to Tender document and require other added value contributions by the contractor and its supply chain in order to support community programmes promoted by the Council (SC Ref:268263).
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: An economic operator that suffers, or risks suffering, loss or damage attributable to a breach of duty under the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012 may bring proceedings in the Sheriff Court or the Court of Session.Any economic operator that is unsure of its rights here should seek suitable and independent legal advice immediately.The Scottish Courts Service (whose details are given below) can give more information on Scottish Courts and their locations but cannot give legal advice.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Scottish Courts Service
Saughton House Broomhouse Drive
EH11 3XD Edinburgh
Telephone: +44 1312252595
Internet address:
Fax: +44 1312406755

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:16.8.2013