Framework Agreement for Architectural, Interior Design and Master Planning Services for the delivery of New Student Halls of residence and Refurbishment Programme.
University of Southampton | Published December 2, 2015
Howarth Litchfield Partnership
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The University of Southampton (the University) recognises that its halls accommodation is an important influence on the Student Experience whilst at university and moreover could influence the application process.
The recruitment of students in the higher education sector is becoming increasingly competitive and it is clear that the quality and availability of halls accommodation can be a contributory factor in potential students and their parent's decision making process.
The University has undertaken a holistic review of its Residential Estate from which it has developed its Residences Strategy. It is recognised there is a long term need for additional bed spaces to meet a forecasted growth in student numbers but also to improve current provisions through a complex refurbishment and on-going maintenance programme by providing ‘swing space’.
A team has been set up to oversee the projects that comprise the proposed strategy which, if implemented will have an estimated value in excess of GBP 200 000 000. This currently includes up to 10 comprehensive refurbishments totalling in the region of GBP 35 000 000 with the remainder being new developments. These new developments are currently expected to be a mix of University delivered projects on their existing estate and those delivered elsewhere by third party developers.
Where new developments are delivered through third parties the University will look to their framework consultants to assist in the evaluation of proposals and therefore a good understanding of and experience in the evaluation and procurement process is beneficial.
The Estates and Facilities Directorate is responsible for the management of all new build and refurbishment works, building services, infrastructure projects and plant rooms on the University estate. This includes the Halls estate which currently comprises approximately 6 100 student rooms across two principle campuses and a number of individual halls within both Southampton and Winchester.
A wider appreciation of the University's facilities and location can be obtained by visiting the University's website: www.soton.ac.uk/accommodation
This framework is for architectural services. However on some projects the University may look to individual consultants to be able to provide, in addition to architectural services, master planning and interior design as individual services or a one stop shop service. On larger projects, or where appropriate, the provision of architectural services by individual consultants may be supplemented by consultants from similar University frameworks for the provision of other construction-related services.
The University is establishing a collaborative framework of consultants from relevant professional disciplines who combine technical expertise in their relevant professional areas with an ability to work as a team with other framework consultants in different disciplines. Framework consultants will work with the Estates and Facilities Directorate and selected contractors to provide buildings and refurbishments that meet the needs of the University and provide best value for money in terms both of their capital and (perhaps more importantly) whole life costs.