Tender for Ground Investigation Works – Birmingham

Tender for Ground Investigation Works – Birmingham

Provision of an intrusive ground investigation at the former site of Birmingham’s Wholesale Market.

Ground Investigation for Smithfield Development (former site of Birmingham’s Wholesale Markets)

Contract summary



    • Site preparation work – 45100000
    • Site preparation and clearance work – 45111200
    • Ground investigation work – 45111250

Location of contract

B4 7WB

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

9 February 2021

Closing date

23 February 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

5 March 2021

Contract end date

31 August 2021

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type


Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?





Birmingham City Council requires a supplier for the provision of an intrusive ground investigation at the former site of Birmingham’s Wholesale Market (WSM). The findings of the investigation will provide a better understanding of on-site conditions in context with the wider, mixed-use and transformational Birmingham Smithfield development. The site currently presents as being predominantly hard standing, comprising old concrete floor slabs and roads associated with the former WSM.

The objective of the proposed GI is to carry out deeper exploration by rotary cored and cable percussive boreholes:
1. Drilling into the Sandstone and the River Terrace Deposits; the Birmingham Fault being orientated north-east/south-west and mapped crossing the former WSM site.
Where possible, deep boreholes will be taken to sufficient depths, to provide initial data for geotechnical design principals; ideally extending 5m below the base of any pile foundation.
2. Cable percussive boreholes to investigate more generally across the site, to extend below the Made Ground, particularly where previous window sample boreholes were unable to penetrate into the natural underlying strata.

This contract is for a period of 5 months commencing 5th March 2021, until satisfactory completion of the investigation and delivery of the report, subject to approval by the Council.

The Council will be using its free to use e-tendering system (in-tend) for the administration of this procurement process and potential suppliers must register with the system to be able to express an interest. If you wish to express an interest in this opportunity please click on the following link to access https://in-tendhost.co.uk/birminghamcc/ and submit your details to register. You will then be sent details on how to log on which will enable you to download all relevant quotation documentation.

If you are unable to register with In-tend or have any questions or problems on how to use this web site please either email us at: cps@birmingham.gov.uk or call CPS Helpdesk on 0121 464 8000.
Your completed quotation submission should be returned by noon on 23rd February 2021 via the ‘in-tend’ system https://in-tendhost.co.uk/birminghamcc


More information


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Delivery Notes


Is a Recurrent Procurement Type? : No


How to apply


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


About the buyer


Contact name

Ivan Jones


10 Woodcock Street
West Midlands
B4 7WB
United Kingdom


0121 303 6962