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United Kingdom-London: Architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: http://www.colander.co.uk/architectural-competitions/colander-competitions/camdenhighline
Address of the buyer profile: https://www.mytenders.co.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA38949
Main address: https://www.colander.co.uk/architectural-competitions/colander-competitions/camdenhighline
Section II: Object
Camden Highline: a New Public Park and Garden Walk, Transforming the Elevated Railway between Camden Town and King’s Cross into a green artery for London
This is a contract to engage a design team for the design of Camden Highline.
Railway viaducts and bridges are an integral part of Camden Town’s history and identity. The beauty of the Camden Highline project is that it brings these structures to life, reimagining what is already a distinctive neighbourhood and making use of spaces that are otherwise redundant and inaccessible to the public.
The Camden Highline is modelled on the hugely successful New York High Line and comprises a new public park and garden walk, transforming the elevated railway between Camden Town and King’s Cross into a new green artery for London. The aim is that the Highline will be a beacon for positive and sustainable development in the city: something that people will be inspired by, learn from and enjoy; an intervention that is harmonious within its neighbourhood.
The Highline will be open and free to all, a beautiful and welcoming linear garden, punctuated with seating areas, cafés, arts and cultural interventions and spaces for charitable activities, to further enhance the individuality of the experience and help promote social cohesion.
The Highline will be 1.2 km long, running some 8-metres above the ground, its width varies from 3-metres at its narrowest, to 20-metres at its widest. It will run parallel but separate to the active North London Line, through residential and industrial areas, as well as conservation areas. It will create a unique garden walk, offering an unfamiliar and unique perspective on the city, away from the hustle bustle of the streets below. It will link the hugely popular Camden Market to the rapidly developing King’s Cross development, in a little over ten minutes. Starting at Kentish Town Road to the West, and ending at York Way to the East, the route has four proposed entrances, one of which could include access directly from the Grade II listed Camden Road Overground station and another that integrates with the proposed Camley Street redevelopment. It comprises three distinct sections, some wider than others, which would naturally suggest a phased design and delivery plan, depending on funding.
The expected project cost is in the region of GBP 35 million.
This is a competition to find the right design team with the right skills and attitudes, with whom an amazing project can be created for the Camden Highline. It is not a competition to identify a design solution for the project, this will be created through a collaborative design process with stakeholders, once the team has been appointed.
Subject to funding, it is the intention to appoint the winning team to take the project through to completion on site. So far, funds have been raised to take the project through to a successful planning application; further work, beyond this point, is subject to additional funds being raised.
The competition is being run as a 2-stage competition, generally following the OJEU Restricted Notice procedures:
Stage 1: Expressions of interest using the Standard Questionnaire
Stage 2: Shortlisting and Invitation to Tender.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
The client is looking for a design-led team of diverse and complementary consultants that can collectively create and deliver a confident and forward-looking design for this project, one that reflects the ethos of the Highline and delivers a wonderful, new, public asset for London, open to and used by everyone.
It is not the intention to specify how teams are structured, nor which skills are included in the team. However, the design team will require both gravitas and experience, alongside radical thinking and persuasive ideas. Teams are therefore encouraged to come together with both established and emerging organisations, with complementary skills. It is expected that the creative leadership within the team will be founded in landscape design. However, the lead consultant, as identified in the Standard Questionnaire, may not necessarily be the landscape designer.
It goes without saying that teams will need to offer exceptional creative ideas. However, teams will also need to demonstrate an ability to get the most from its own diverse membership, from the client organisation and from other collaborators. The winning team will be able to address landscape design; placemaking; planning and contextual considerations; interventions to historic buildings; public safety and security; railway issues and inter-disciplinary design delivery. While professional fundraisers are not required as part of the team, the team will need to demonstrate how it is able to contribute to the client’s fund-raising efforts, alongside effective political and stakeholder engagement, to help bring the project to fruition.
The client is committed to creating a more equitable and sustainable society and it will expect competitors to demonstrate their commitment to this objective within the makeup of their design teams and their responses to this brief.
It is not a requirement for teams to include a planning consultant, however teams should have the expertise to be able to submit a successful planning application in collaboration with Camden.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
Internet address: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/public-procurement-review-service-scope-and-remit