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V&A seeks contractor for £22m research centre

22 Nov 18 The Victoria & Albert (V&A) museum in London has begun the tender process to find a main contractor for a £22m project to create space for its collections and a research centre.

The V&A Collection & Research Centre will offer access to hundreds and thousands of objects not currently on public display. It is envisioned as a “creative sourcebook”, bringing study, learning, conservation, research and public programmes together in one place. The centre is intended to become a transformational new model for how museum collections can be stored, cared for and explored.

The V&A expects to invite a maximum of three bidders, though has said that it may go up to four.

The work will be procured on a two-stage design and build basis and carried out under an amended JCT Design and Build 2016 Contract. The first stage of the works includes the structural works, the M&E plant and first-fix services, whereas the stage 2 works generally covers the architectural fit-out elements and second-fix M&E.

It is anticipated that the design of the building will be at RIBA Stage 3 when the invitation to tender is issued for the first stage works. The design for the second stage works will be developed to Stage 3+/4A before being issued for procurement. The client’s current design team will not be novated to the main contractor to complete the design.

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The works include tasks such as construction of two steel-framed structural mezzanine floors and framing to a new atrium opening in existing first floor; structural framing for a new glazed rooflight opening in existing roof; new lift shafts and staircases and structural modifications to existing ones. Among the other aspects are the provision of internal partitions, fit-out of all spaces and specialist fittings for the conservation, workshop, studio, research and front of house spaces.

The proposed construction period is from October 2019 to March 2021.

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