Services - 428631-2020

11/09/2020    S177

United Kingdom-London: Architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services

2020/S 177-428631

Contract notice


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Camden Town Centre Ltd
Postal address: Top Container, 5-7 Buck Street
Town: London
NUTS code: UKI31 Camden and City of London
Postal code: NW1 8NJ
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2073808260

Internet address(es):

Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2)Information about joint procurement
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from another address:
Official name: Colander Associates Ltd
Postal address: Hill House, Fox Hill
Town: London
NUTS code: UKI61 Bromley
Postal code: SE19 2XA
Country: United Kingdom

Internet address(es):

Main address:

Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

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

II.1.2)Main CPV code
71000000 Architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

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.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
71300000 Engineering services
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKI31 Camden and City of London
Main site or place of performance:

Camden, London.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

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.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Envisaged number of candidates: 5
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
List and brief description of conditions:

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.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Restricted procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 07/10/2020
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
Date: 02/11/2020
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:

(MT Ref:219099)

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: Public Procurement Review Service
Postal address: Cabinet Office
Town: London
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3450103503

Internet address:

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: