City of London – Architectural Services Framework
City of London Corporation
Published date: 22 June 2020

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Contract summary
•    Architectural and related services – 71200000
Location of contract
Value of contract
Published date
22 June 2020
Closing date
24 July 2020
Contract start date
26 February 2021
Contract end date
27 February 2025
Contract is suitable for SMEs?
Contract is suitable for VCSEs?

The City invites Bidders to submit bids for the provision of Architect Framework, which will be an OJEU Restricted procedure – This Framework will have 4 Lots, a maximum of 10 top ranking bidders will be selected resulting from the SQ evaluation, these will be taken forward to bid for the next stage. The ITT stage will have four lots which will be tendered individually, the maximum consultants selected will be 6 bidders per lot.

The City occupies and operates accommodation that exceeds over 800 properties at the following geographical locations:

Square Mile

West End

East London

North London

Epping Forest




Thames estuary

That accommodation includes corporate offices, school, housing, police, income generating investment property, market and commercial, theatre and concert hall spaces and other individual property assets associated with City Open Spaces and built environment at locations across wider London region.

The City owns and manages several housing estates most of which are outside the Square Mile. The City has in place a policy to deliver 3,700 new homes over the next ten years. The policy has identified plans to develop around 700 new homes on the Corporation’s existing social housing estates and a further 3,000 homes on other sites owned by the Corporation.

The City carries out projects associated with its estates and is putting in place a Framework for Architects to design those projects. This framework is suitable for SMEs who will be able to provide a personal, high quality, adaptable and agile services and have experience of working on similar project types and values. There will be four bands of projects:

Lot 1: Architectural services for projects with a construction value up to £6 million

Lot 2: Architectural services for projects with a construction value over £6 million

Lot 3: Architectural services for interior fit out type projects

Lot 4: Architectural services for historic and conservation projects

No more than six consultants will be appointed to each Lot. Bidders may tender for all lots, but Consultants will be appointed to no more than two lots.

It is estimated that the framework will be in place in February 2021 and will run for a period of 4 years.

About the buyer
Contact name
Hirdial Rai
City of London Corporation
Guildhall, London

Other information
capitalEsourcing portal Ref: pqq_CoL_1443
The CoL – Architectural Services Framework will be a OJEU Restricted process, which will be tendered via the ‘capitalEsourcing’ portal in order to participate in the tender process you will need to register. Contact number for the portal is 0800 069 8630.

How to apply
Please apply directly to the buyer using the contact details provided, or follow the instructions given in the notice description or information section.

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Closing date: 24 July 2020