Scottish council imposes series of requirements for Paisley job on contractors amid coronavirus crisis

Contractors have been put on notice for the job to build the extension of Paisley Museum in Scotland designed by Stirling prize winner Amanda Levete’s practice AL_A.

The £42m project to extend the Grade A-listed building was given the go-ahead by Renfrewshire council in October last year.

Now the council is looking for a firm to carry out the £21m main contractor role but is looking for financial guarantees given the economic trouble caused by covid-19.

The council said: "In the current difficult economic environment, the council seeks to ensure that the contractor who undertakes the works has suitable financial strength and capacity to complete these works.

"The council will require bidders to have a yearly turnover of £42m and to evidence this level of turnover in the previous three years."

Any firm that does not meet these criteria will be excluded from the procurement process.

The council said it would also want firms to be able to evidence where possible that they have a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) failure score of no less than 30. A Dun and Bradstreet score predicts the likelihood that a business will, in the next 12 months, seek legal relief from its creditors or cease business operations without paying all its creditors in full.

The council said: "The council recognises that many businesses have been directly affected by the coronavirus pandemic and therefore may be unable to meet the D&B score.

"Where an economic operator wishes to be considered for selection under this contract but cannot meet the D&B score, that economic operator must provide financial information which will satisfy the council that they have an equivalent level of economic and financial standing and must provide related guarantees or formal assurances to support their right to participate and be considered for any contract award."

Bidders will also be required to provide examples of projects from the past five years that demonstrate that they have the relevant experience to deliver the work and that they have the relevant supply chain management and tracking systems.

Firms will also need to confirm whether they intend to subcontract and, if so, for what proportion of the contract.

Contractors have until the 13 November to register their interest in the project.

Improvement work will include a new entrance courtyard and entranceway, along with a new west wing, outdoor garden space and an interactive weaving studio.

The museum is expected to re-open in 2022. Opened in 1871, it was designed by Glasgow architect John Honeyman.

Minimum level standards possibly required by bidders

Turnover — Bidders will be required to have a minimum ‘general’ yearly turnover of £42m for the last three years

Insurance — It is a requirement of this contract that bidders hold or can commit to obtain the types and levels of insurance indicated below:

  • Employer’s liability — £10m. Each and every claim
  • Public liability — £25m. Each and every claim
  • Public and products liability — £25m. Each and every claim but in the aggregate for products
  • Professional Indemnity — £10m. Each and every claim
  • Contractors’ all risk — Value of works plus 15 %
  • Third party motor insurance — Unlimited in respect of injury/ harm and minimum £5m in respect of property damage. Each and every claim