Subcontract rating wins Buckingham £37m waterpark

Aaron Morby 7 years ago
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Coventry City Council has selected Buckingham Group Contracting to build its £37m waterpark, swimming pool and leisure centre.

During the two-stage bidding process up to 60% of the bid evaluation was based on the quality and performance of named subcontractors, with each package individually weighted and assessed.

Buckingham won the main building contract for the landmark new complex with a £28m bid.

The fresh approach taken by the council comes after changes in procurement from April last year and the use of the new Crown Commercial Services documents which give public sector clients more flexibility in both, what they ask and how they mark it.

Coventry City Council subcontract team and methodology quality criteria

Quality bid weighting in %

  • Steelwork — relevant examples (5%) — CV’s (2.5%)
  • Mechanical and electrical — relevant examples (5%) — CV’s (2.5%)
  • Pool filtration — relevant examples (5%) — CV’s (2.5%)
  • Specialist ride subcontractor — relevant examples (5%) — CV’s (2.5%)
  • Methodology — demolition and build up to ground level (7.5%)
  • Methodology — erection of frame, cladding, glazing and roofing to make watertight (7.5%)
  • Methodology — construction from frame and floors through to materials finishing the water park  (10%)
  • Methodology — commissioning, testing, training and support beyond practical completion (5%)
Price – Weighting: (40%)

The new leisure building, which includes a water park with slides and a 25m swimming pool, will replace an existing council office block on a tightly constrained site next to the city’s Grade II-listed Christchurch Spire.

US firm Water Technology Inc, which specialises in water park developments around the world, has been appointed to design the pools and indoor features, which could include racing slides, flumes, wave pools, rapids and wet play equipment.

Desco are providing mechanical and engineering services, and Engenuiti structural engineering design with a work to works beginning on site in Spring 2017.

Coventry water parkFaulknerBrowns was appointed to design the building which will replace Coventry’s existing Grade II-listed 1966 central swimming pool, which will close once the new structure opens in 2019.

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