Design and Build Contract  – Royal Navy Submarine Museum

To appoint a supplier on a design and build contract to refresh the orientation and interpretation of the visitor centre within the John Fieldhouse building.

John Fieldhouse Building (JFB) at Royal Navy Submarine Museum: Visitor Centre Orientation and Reinterpretation

The National Museum of The Royal Navy

Contract summary



  • Museum-exhibition services – 92521100

Location of contract

PO12 2AS

Value of contract

£60,000 to £85,000

Procurement reference


Published date

31 October 2022

Closing date

5 December 2022

Closing time


Contract start date

3 January 2023

Contract end date

31 March 2023

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?




The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) is seeking to appoint a supplier on a design and build contract to refresh the orientation and interpretation of the visitor centre within the John Fieldhouse building and improve the wayfinding at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum (RNSM).

RNSM is located in Gosport which is situated on the western side of Portsmouth Harbour, opposite the city of Portsmouth and is linked by the Gosport ferry. The museum is located close to the former submarine base HMS Dolphin, home of the submarine service until 1999. Visitors reach the museum either by road or via the waterbus from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
The site opened as a museum in 1981 with HMS Alliance, a Second World War era submarine, as the principal exhibit. The site now also houses two other submarines. Holland 1, the Royal Navy’s first submarine and the midget submarine X-24. The John Fieldhouse Building (JFB) houses the main reception and museum shop on the ground floor, as well as the museum galleries.
We want to create a clear point of arrival and welcome for our visitors when they enter JFB. This welcome will be where visitors are greeted by staff who can advise and guide them on how to use the spaces on site (the galleries and the submarines), and where tactile map is available for orientation. We are keen that the visit starts at this point, giving visitors clear orientation and a stronger sense of story and place and a better understanding of the links with wider site next to the former HMS Dolphin.

See Appendix 1 for photographs of the current interpretation and orientation of JFB Ground Floor Visitor Centre and Shop Area.
Appendix 3 has a building floor plan of the ground floor as it was built, it does not reflect the current layout.

Site visits are strongly recommended for all suppliers interested, with site visits to be held on Friday 11th November and Friday 18th November respectively. Please contact to arrange these visits.


More information


  • Appendix 2- Phase Cost Breakdown.xlsx
  • Bidding documents
  • Please complete and return with your total costings. A separate detailed breakdown of submission costs should also be provided.
Additional text
NOTE- For interpretation documentation that gives context to this work such as the Master Narrative and RNSM Interpretation Strategy this must be requested.

Please register your interest in the tender by emailing quoting the tender title or reference number. Then this will be sent to interested suppliers.


How to apply


Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.


About the buyer


Contact name

Dave Hartley


National Museum of the Royal Navy
Main Road (PP66), HM Naval Base


02392891370 ext 2042