Commercial Buildings Construction Framework

An interesting opportunity has been published this week by Portsmouth City Council called

“Portsmouth International Port – Commercial Buildings Construction Framework”

In this opportunity Portsmouth have published their intention to build a brand-new cruise terminal at Portsmouth International Port and associated ancillary buildings in Portico. This terminal will be to meet the current and future needs of the port, which is wholly owned by the council.

The council is looking to establish a multi-contractor framework agreement to use as a suitable source for the development of the site, and the agreement will last for an initial 4 years with an option to extend for up to a grand total of 10 years.

This is a design and build framework where contractors will be involved in the initial design process of the new Port, which is proposed to be used exclusively for the cruise market. It will be a steel structure building with piled foundations and multiple floors with a plant room based on a mezzanine. It will include the fit out of specialised terminal equipment such as baggage handling sites, lifts, security etc, and will cover over 20,000square feet and should comfortably cater for 1000 cruise passengers.

Construction bid writers have your pens at the ready, this framework is worth a staggering £50million over the contract term. The initial cruise design and build project is worth between £6-8million, but there are indeed already future plans for once this initial project is complete, and the council recognises the need to be able to quickly adapt and respond to changing customer requirements or business opportunities which would otherwise be lost. This is why the 10-year framework is being implemented. Example future developments may include:

  • Extension of the proposed cruise terminal building,
  • Construction of a refrigerated warehouse at Portico for produce,
  • Border Inspection Post,
  • Port administration offices.

If you are a locally based construction company, you need to make sure you have the necessary bid writing resources at the ready to not only respond to this opportunity to the best of your ability, but also the many potential mini-competitions issued once the framework has been established. If this is an opportunity you simply cannot afford to miss out on, our expert team are always available and at hand to provide you the support you need for successful award.