Design Team for Physics Research Institute at Durham University

Design Team for Physics Research Institute at Durham University

Durham University intends to appoint a Design Team to manage the design process for the building of its brand new prestigious Physics Research Facility, to be constructed at the University’s Science Site (which is its main campus) on South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE, UK.

UK-Durham: architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services

2012/S 151-253205

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

University of Durham
Procurement Service, Mountjoy Centre, Holly Wing, Stockton Road
For the attention of: Linda Meade
DH1 3UZ Durham
Telephone: +44 1913344527
Fax: +44 1913344540

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

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

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:

Design Team for Physics Research Institute at Durham University.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 12: Architectural services; engineering services and integrated engineering services; urban planning and landscape engineering services; related scientific and technical consulting services; technical testing and analysis services
NUTS code UKC1

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)

Durham University intends to appoint a Design Team to manage the design process for the building of its brand new prestigious Physics Research Facility, to be constructed at the Universitys Science Site (which is its main campus) on South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE, UK.
Durham University has one of the leading Physics and Astronomy departments in the UK, involved in both undergraduate teaching and scientific research. The new facility will complement the existing Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, which is home to the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology and to the Institute for Computational Cosmology. The existing Ogden Centre is also the base for the Universitys innovative outreach programme for school children and their teachers. The new facility is to comprise a mix of offices, research meeting rooms, interaction/social space, research outreach space, and cold computer room. In total, the area of the new facility is to be circa 2 330m2 and the site identified to house this building is located to the west of the existing Physics Building and is currently used for car parking, amounting to circa 1 850m2. It is anticipated that the new facility will be a minimum of three storeys high, and is to be an important landmark building of significant Architectural merit, for the University. University policy dictates that all new buildings must be highly sustainable and functional, and the design must reflect these requirements. Consideration should be given to the fact that the site lies in a highly sensitive area from a Town Planning perspective, given its proximity to the area designated as Durhams UNESCO World Heritage site, with Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle located nearby. The overall project budget set aside for this prestigious new project is 8.5m the overall project budget is deemed to be inclusive of all construction costs, fit out costs, professional fees and VAT. There is no land acquisition required as the University already owns the freehold of the proposed site for the new facility.
The proposed procurement route for the new facility is to be a single stage design and build contract with a fixed lump sum price. It is proposed that the successful Design Team will ultimately be novated to the successful Contractor, from RIBA Design Stage H. The process for appointing the Design Team will require the shortlisted Designers to prepare a Concept Design to be submitted together with fee proposals. Both elements will be evaluated to appoint the successful Design Team. The Concept Design will allow Architects and their Design Team members to express their vision for the new facility. Designs must be practical, deliverable, represent value for money and be capable of being constructed within the budget, but nevertheless must also be impressive, state of the art and of high technological virtuosity, being a new focal point for Physics Research at Durham University.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71000000, 71200000, 71220000

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

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

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Estimated value excluding VAT: 850 000 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: 31 (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

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
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

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

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

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
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 no
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

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 11.9.2012 – 12:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

11.9.2012 – 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 tenders

Date: 4.2.2013 – 12:00
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

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
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:3.8.2012