United Kingdom-Oxford: Architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services
Voluntary ex ante transparency notice
Section I: Contracting authority/entity
Main address: http://www.oxford.gov.uk
Address of the buyer profile: http://www.oxford.gov.uk
Section II: Object
Provision of Professional Services in relation to the Oxford Design Review Panel.
Provision of professional services, in particular design review and support services, required for the Oxford Design Review Panel.
Provision of professional services, in particular design review and support services, required for the Oxford Design Review Panel. The proposed contract will be for a period of 2 years.
Section IV: Procedure
The Oxford Design Review Panel was set up by Oxford City Council and the Design Council/CaBE in 2014. Design review and support services to the council through this process have been provided under contract from Design Council/CaBE since then. The Design Council have an unique national network of 400 Built Environment Experts (BEEs). These individuals are among the best in their profession, covering both traditional and emerging disciplines including: architecture, planning, engineering, sustainability, heritage, transport, housing, SMART cities, inclusion, health and well-being and culture and identity. The BEEs were recruited through an open and rigorous assessment process by the Design Council. BEEs have framework contracts with the Design Council which provides Oxford City Council with flexible access to these specialists as and when needed. There is no comparable organisation with the standing of the Design Council or the range of specialist expertise that they can provide.
Having access to exemplary design review and the inputs from the expertise available through Design Council/CaBE are imperative to the delivery of successful growth and development in a city like Oxford. Continuation of the ODRP is a council priority and the association of the national authoritative body on design review matters; Design Council/CaBE is necessary for public confidence in this part of the planning process in Oxford.
The Council believes that the scope of this contract falls outside the scope of the regulations on the basis that there is no alternative supplier.
Section V: Award of contract/concession
Section VI: Complementary information