City of York Council – Guildhall Development- Notification of restricted OJEU procedure

York’s Guildhall is one of the city’s most significant historic buildings, with the complex variously listed at Grade I, Grade II* and Grade II and with the whole sitting within the York Central Historic Core Conservation Area.  The site on the north bank of the River Ouse can trace almost 2000 years of urban development, from the Roman period to the present day.  The complex has been at the heart of City governance since the C12th when an earlier Guildhall stood on the site.  The present Guildhall and riverside rooms date from the mid C15th, with the early C19th Atkinson block to the south-east, and the late C19th Victorian council office including the council chamber to the north-west.  The early C20th north annex was built for the Post Office and acquired by the council in 1970’s as additional office accommodation.

In 2013 the council largely vacated the complex moving its administrative offices and customer centre to West Offices.  However, it resolved that the Guildhall would continue to be used for Civic and ceremonial events and the Council chamber for Full Council meetings.  Securing complimentary uses for the complex has been a priority since that time.  The proposed scheme to refurbish and redevelop the complex secured Planning and Listed Building Consent Approvals in February 2017 and the council Executive approved delivery of the project in March 2017 with Full Council formally sanctioning the budget on 30 March 2017.  The proposals are also supported by the Leeds City Region LEP with a grant of £2.35m to deliver the project.

Accordingly, City of York Council now seek to select suitably experienced contractors to deliver the project. The proposals are for a comprehensive scheme of sensitive refurbishment and redevelopment to create a business club and serviced office venue with retained civic and council use and supporting commercial development on the riverside.  These proposals require both conservation work; to the highest standards commensurate with the status of the buildings and the integration of crisply detailed contemporary additions finished to equally high standards.  The site and its city centre context provide a range of challenges, specifically for construction access.

Full details of this opportunity are available from YorTender – ref DN 254687, closing date for SQ (supplier questionnaire) is Tuesday 9th May 2017 – 12:00

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