Scot­tish Canals seek­ing ar­chi­tects for pro­jects

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS - BY LOUISE GLEN

The govern­ment body manag­ing canals through­out the North is look­ing for ar­chi­tects for devel­op­ments through­out Scot­land.

Scot­tish Canals pub­lished a ten­der doc­u­ment to pro­cure work worth up to £2.6 mil­lion across its canal net­work.

Scot­tish Canals is the branch of the Scot­tish Govern­ment re­spon­si­ble for manag­ing more than 137 miles of in­land wa­ter­ways. It has re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Cale­do­nian Canal, sev­eral locks on Loch Ness, Cri­nan, Forth and Clyde, Mon­k­land and Union Canals.

Scot­tish Canals has in­vested in pro­jects such as the Kelpies, the largest equine struc­ture in the world, and the Falkirk Wheel on canal land. Th­ese pro­jects have re­ju­ve­nated tourism in the Falkirk area.

In a doc­u­ment pub­lished on Pub­lic Con­tracts Scot­land, the or­gan­i­sa­tion said it was look­ing for part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions to pro­vide a range of ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign ser­vices to aid the or­gan­i­sa­tion de­liver a num­ber of pro­jects in the op­er­a­tional, com­mer­cial, and re­gen­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment work of the or­gan­i­sa­tion. In its brief, Scot­tish Canals said it was look­ing for: “Up to eight teams will be cho­sen for the five-year frame­work which cov­ers a range of ‘op­er­a­tional, com­mer­cial and re­gen­er­a­tion’ pro­jects across the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s 1,500ha es­tate.”

The frame­work is di­vided into two lots with the first cov­er­ing medium and high-value pro­jects worth an es­ti­mated £2.25 mil­lion in to­tal fees, and the sec­ond cov­er­ing low-value pro­jects worth around £250,000.

The brief con­tin­ued: “We are look­ing for part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions to pro­vide a range of ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign ser­vices to aid the or­gan­i­sa­tion (in de­liv­er­ing) a num­ber of pro­jects in the op­er­a­tional, com­mer­cial, and re­gen­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment work of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

‘The unique na­ture of the canal net­work in Scot­land in­cludes many her­itage as­sets, sched­uled an­cient mon­u­ments, wa­ter con­trol and con­tain­ment in­stal­la­tions, as well as unique struc­tures such as the Falkirk Wheel.

“A longer frame­work pe­riod al­lows for time for all par­ties to gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of th­ese as­sets and pro­vide bet­ter value for money through the frame­work.”

It is un­der­stood bids for the work will be eval­u­ated 70% on quality and 30% on cost.

The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions is mid­day on November 30.

“The canal net­work in­cludes many her­itage as­sets

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