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The Temperate House Precinct Project

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Contact point(s): Turner & Townsend
For the attention of: Jason Harriman
TW9 3DS Richmond
Telephone: +44 2075443550

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
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
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.A: Object of the contract (Works)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
The Temperate House Precinct Project
II.2)Type of contract and location of works
Main site or location of works:
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and scope of works
The authority is seeking to employ an experienced contractor to undertake the significant restoration and conversion of a Grade I Listed Victorian Glasshouse, the restoration and conversion of a second Grade II 1950's aluminium glasshouse into a Community Engagement Centre as well as landscaping works associated to enhance the surrounding precinct and the installation of a new Biomass Boiler. The Temperate House encloses an area of around 4 000 sqm and is the largest remaining Victorian glass house in the UK and was placed on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk register in 2012. The Temperate House was last restored in the late 1970's (completed 1982.)
Located within the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Temperate House is located alongside one of the great vistas within the Gardens linking the Pagoda to the Palm House and terminating the cross-axis to the Temperate House Gate. The site is within that part of the Gardens defined as the Pagoda Vista Zone in the RBG Kew Site Conservation Plan by Chris Blandford Associates (November 2002) and World Heritage Site Management Plan by Gross Max (2011).
Kew is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; a Conservation area designated by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames; and registered as a Grade I registered Park and Garden of Special Historic Interest. The site lies on grid reference N510 28 55, W017 38.5. The Authority's design team will develop the design to RIBA Stage F prior to the appointment of the Contractor.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 15 000 000 and 17 000 000 GBP


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

45453100, 45454100, 45441000, 45442120, 45351000, 45331110, 44211500, 45112710, 45112712, 45262660, 45262690, 45400000, 45442100

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures and duration of the contract
Scheduled date for start of award procedures: 20.6.2014
Scheduled date for
start of works: 30.6.2014
completion of works: 16.6.2017
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:

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:
Details of any financing conditions and payment arrangements required by the Authority will be set out in the contract documents
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:
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
Relevant governmental Internet sites where information can be obtained
Tax legislation
Environmental protection legislation
Employment protection and working conditions
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: