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Bristol Arena - Operator Procurement

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Bristol City Council
City Hall, College Green
Contact point(s): Strategic Commissioning and Procurement Services
For the attention of: J. Thompson
BS1 5TR Bristol
Telephone: +44 1773525565
Fax: +44 1179037463

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity
General public services
Recreation, culture and religion
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Bristol Arena - Operator Procurement
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 26: Recreational, cultural and sporting services

NUTS code UKK11

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
Bristol City Council is looking to build an Arena in the city and will be seeking an operator for the facility.


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

92000000, 70332200, 75124000, 92330000, 79900000, 75200000, 79952000, 79952100, 79993100, 92312110

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
The operator procurement has not yet begun. Soft Market testing has begun with potential operators, and we are in discussion with them. This notice seeks interested parties that would want to be included in this process.
The Arena Operator is to undertake the following tasks, though this list is not exhaustive; all building facility management functions, site security, car park arrangements, arranging, promoting and advertising events. In addition, the operator will be expected to take an important advisory role in the design of the Arena
There are a number of operating models for the Arena, which will be reviewed when the Outline Business Case is produced this spring. They include a management contract structure, arms - Length Company, Joint Venture, or a rental agreement approach. It is anticipated the arrangement may cover a period of up to 25 years.

Interested parties should contact Stuart Woods via e-mail: or telephone +44 1179224355. Interested parties will then be included in any discussions with the authority and provided with any information that the Council sees fit to release. This includes retrospective discussions.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
As described within the Pre Qualification Questionnaire and Invitation to Tender documentation.
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:

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GO Reference: GO-2013226-PRO-4615055.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: