Tender for New Auditorium and Public Space – London

Tender for New Auditorium and Public Space – London

Somerset House Trust wish to enhance part of its estate in between the West and New Wings to improve its cultural public offer.

United Kingdom-London: Architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services

2019/S 142-349709

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Somerset House Trust (SHT)
Somerset House, Strand
United Kingdom
Contact person: Caroline Cole
Telephone: +44 2087716445
E-mail: caroline@colander.co.uk
NUTS code: UKI32

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://www.colander.co.uk/architectural-competitions/colander-competitions/somerset-house-london
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://www.colander.co.uk/architectural-competitions/colander-competitions/somerset-house-london

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Other type: Somerset House Trust

I.5)Main activity

Recreation, culture and religion

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


West Wing: New Auditorium and Public Space, Somerset House, London

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Somerset House (SH) is London’s Working Arts Centre. We offer a groundbreaking arts and entertainment programme, and are a home to the UK’s largest creative community. SH is acknowledged to be one of the finest and largest public buildings of the C18th; being one of the most accomplished Palladian buildings in England. It is a Grade I listed complex.

Somerset House Trust (SHT) wish to enhance part of its estate in between the West and New Wings to improve its cultural public offer, strengthen its identity as a hub for artists and creative enterprise and create a new public space that follows the route of a now lost historical connection from the strand towards the river (West Street). Aside from the external courtyard area, SH does not have any facilities for large performances and gatherings of more than 200 people at a time. SHT is therefore seeking to identify and appoint a design team for a new 1,600 m2 auditorium and public space, known as ‘West Street’.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 50 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKI32
Main site or place of performance:

Somerset House, Strand, London.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The current procurement is not a competition to identify and deliver a design, rather to identify and appoint the architect, who will lead the full design team.

Somerset House is therefore seeking to appoint an architect for this sensitive project. Other design disciplines including engineers, landscape architects and other specialists such as theatre and acoustics designers, will be procured separately.

This will be a restricted process with expression of interest followed by an invitation to tender.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged number of candidates: 5

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

II.2.14)Additional information

II.1.4) Short description:

The proposed location of the new auditorium is in-between the New and West Wings. This site used to house the original ‘West Street’, which was demolished in the early 1870s. The area under West Street to the south of the site became a servicing area –which continues to be its current function, accessible via a dedicated entrance leading from embankment.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of conditions:

Restricted to qualified architects.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract

III.2.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession
Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision:

Those qualified to practice architecture in their own countries and recognized by the relevant national institutions/organisations.

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 09/09/2019
Local time: 12:00

IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

Date: 11/11/2019

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

(MT Ref:215934)

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Colander Associates Ltd
Hill House, Fox Hill
SE19 2XA
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2087716445Internet address: http://www.colander.co.uk
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: