Repair of Harperley POW camp: Phase2

Repair of Harperley POW camp: Phase2

This is an unusual project, with special challenges. Contractors will need to demonstrate experience both in modern building construction and in careful conservation work to historic buildings.

Reference number: Harperley_2012

Deadline date:09/07/2012

This deadline is for… Request and return of Pre Qualification Questionnaire

Contract value:£300,000 – £300,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: North East

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: English Heritage


Description of the contract

Harperley POW Camp is situated in open countryside in the Wear Valley, 3km west of Crook, County Durham. It was built to a ‘standard’ POW camp design in 1942-3 by Italian prisoners of war, who were under the supervision of a building contractor. The camp buildings were all built using Ministry of Works and Planning ‘M.O.W.P Standard 18’6” Hut’ modular design, with pre-cast concrete frames, infill panels and asbestos cement sheet roofs. This type of prefabricated hut was a government ‘austerity design’, intended to allow for the minimum use of war materials. After the end of WWII, it continued in use as a hostel for agricultural workers, and the buildings were later used as storage and poultry sheds. The present owners took possession in 2001. Harperley Camp is a remarkably complete survival, with over 85% of the original buildings still standing. In recognition of this, it became a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2002, the only such scheduled site in the country. By agreement with the site owners, English Heritage is taking forward a rescue project, focussed on the two most important huts to survive: the Theatre and Canteen Huts. The Theatre is unique. Within a standard hut it has a stage, orchestra pit and a stepped auditorium, together with improvised art-deco style theatre decoration using hardboard and agricultural sacking. The Canteen was the principal communal building and contains painted wall panels showing scenes of the Rhine Valley, animals, woodlands and lakes, as well as imitation curtains at the windows on painted hardboard. The Project comprises a programme of repair, conservation and provision of a protective over-cladding envelope to the Theatre and Canteen Huts. Brief description of the Works The Project Works comprise the repair of the Theatre and Canteen Huts: •Construction of a new protective over-cladding envelope to each hut, with a new purpose-made steel frame, profiled sheet roof and timber-boarded cladding. The over-cladding will provide protection and support to the two huts, so that the existing buildings and their interiors can be repaired and conserved with maximum retention of historic fabric. •Repairs to the concrete frame and cladding panels, with minimum intervention (by a concrete repair specialist subcontractor) •Repairs to brick plinths, timber windows etc •Conservation of the historic interiors, with repairs led by a specialist conservator subcontractor •Dismantling and removal of the two recently erected modern steel-framed protective sheds This is an unusual project, with special challenges. Contractors will need to demonstrate experience both in modern building construction and in careful conservation work to historic buildings.




Classification of the contract

45000000 Construction work

45210000 Building construction work

92520000 Museum services and preservation services of historical sites and buildings

45212000 Construction work for buildings relating to leisure, sports, culture, lodging and restaurants


Additional information

Contract type: Works – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 29/10/2012 – 31/05/2013


Who to contact

Contact name Ptolemy Dean Architects

Organisation name English Heritage

Address Calvert’s Buildings, 52B Borough High Street, London, SE1 1XN

Telephone 02073787714

Extension number:


How to apply

Please send an e-mail to Ptolemy Dean Architects at the address below, expressing your interest in the project. PQQ documents will then be sent to you for completion. It is anticipated that the top 5-7 scoring suppliers based on the responses from the PQQ will be invited to tender.