Architectural services for Station Approach Regeneration Project.
Winchester City Council | Published October 21, 2015 - Deadline November 18, 2015
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Winchester City Council (‘the Council’) is inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced architects in relation to entering into a form of appointment (the ‘Appointment’) to provide architectural design and related services for a commercial and residential property development at Station Approach as described further below (‘the Project’).
The Council is working in partnership with key stakeholders on plans to enhance the Station Approach area of Winchester (the ‘Development’). The aim of the Development is to realise the area's potential, both in relation to the city's economy and its role as a gateway. If it is successful, the Development could have a positive impact on the economy and environment of the city as a whole. It should provide a new and improved public realm with better walking and cycling links for people who live and work in the area, or who move through it. The Development is an important key location in the Council's ‘Vision for Winchester’ document.
A successful outcome of the regeneration of the area would be the creation of commercially successful developments; a distinctive local character respecting the best of the neighbouring areas, and an improvement in the connectivity between the emerging suburb of Barton Farm, the historic area of Hyde, the station and the town centre.
As part of the Development, the Council is seeking to redevelop two key sites at Carfax and Cattlemarket as well as seeking to enhance and develop the public realm and transport links throughout the area. The Carfax and Cattlemarket sites are two key parcels of land within the area which are both owned by the Council and in excellent sustainable locations, offering the potential for creating innovative and attractive designs and public realm improvements (which are subject to a separate financial bid to the Local Enterprise Partnership) and much needed commercial and housing development, together with car parking and financial returns. The development of these sites is seen as both an objective in itself and as a catalyst for other improvements to public and private interests in the area.
The Council is seeking high quality contemporary designs for both sites in the Project for a mixed use commercial, housing, parking and a small amount of retail development which blends and complements its surroundings and which also investigate opportunities in the area to improve the public realm and accessibility to the sites. The successful architect's designs will place sustainability and sustainable practices at the heart of the project design, construction and future operation.
Given the estimated budget for the Project, the Council is keen to ensure that the successful design is in keeping with its surroundings and the heritage element of Winchester and the environs, as well as within budget. It is crucial that any design submitted is not only buildable but also financially viable.
It is envisaged that the Development will be taken forward in phases, starting with the Carfax site. However, shortlisted tenderers will be required to provide an analysis of how the requirements of the Design Brief can be achieved across the Carfax and Cattlemarket sites and from this analysis produce a more detailed design proposal for the Carfax site. Proposals for improvements to the public realm and connectivity in the area will also be required as part of these submissions.
The successful architect will be appointed to take forward and develop the Carfax design to planning application stage and to develop the public realm proposals into a strategic document to inform investment and planning decisions. The Council has not decided whether it will undertake the development of the Carfax site itself or whether it will procure a third party development partner. In the event that a third party development partner is selected, and planning consent is secured, the Council intends to novate the architect's Appointment to the third party development partner, and the architect will be required to carry out the design work for the Carfax site through to the construction stage.
The successful architect will enter into a bespoke form of Appointment with the Council for the duration of the Project. The form of Appointment will be set out in the tender documents. The architect's performance will be measured against agreed Key Performance Indicators (‘KPIs’) which will be set out in the Appointment.
Following satisfactory performance by the architect against the KPIs for the Carfax site, the Council will have an option at its sole discretion to extend the Appointment to include the design for the Cattlemarket site up to concept design stage. In the event that the Council extends the Appointment to include the Cattlemarket site and appoints a third party development partner for that site, the architect will be required to carry out the design work for the Cattlemarket site through to the construction stage.
Applicants responding to this Notice will be asked to complete a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (‘PQQ’), which will be assessed according to the objective criteria set out in the PQQ. The Council will prepare a short-list of Applicants, who will be invited to submit Outline Solutions and enter into Dialogue with the Council. The purpose of the Dialogue is for the Council to discuss solutions proposed by Participants for the delivery of the Project. Participants will then be asked to submit Best and Final Solutions including final designs for the Project. Best and Final Offer design submissions that are assessed as being financially viable will be assessed by a Jury via a Design Contest run in accordance with Regulations 78-82 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
Each Participant who submits a design in the Design Contest will be paid an honorarium by the Council comprising a fixed sum of 15 000 GBP per Participant.
The Project will be awarded to the Participant who submits the most economically advantageous solution, based on the objective criteria set out in the Best and Final Offer tender documents.
The estimated duration of the Project will be approximately two years for the Carfax site and up to 4 years if the Council opts to extend the Appointment to include the Cattlemarket site.