Four year contract will run from 2021

Project managers, quantity surveyors and architects have until the end of the month to register interest in a £45m, four-year framework being run by the British Museum.

The world famous Bloomsbury institution is looking to revamp its existing buildings between 2021 and 2025, having overseen a major building programme in the past two decades which has included Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners’ £135m extension (pictured), named the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre, completed by Mace in 2014.

The British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre, London

And Mace was also construction manager on Foster & Partners’ Great Court, the covered square opened by the Queen in 2000.

More recently, Graham won a £27m deal to build a 16,000 sq m storage facility for the museum in Berkshire last summer.

Now in an OJEU contract notice, the museum said it is expecting up to eight firms each to bid for five lots covering project management, quantity surveying, M&E and fire engineering, architecture and interior design and structural and civil engineering.

The framework will replace a series of multi-lot frameworks with one framework covering the five disciplines.

The PM lot has a value of £5.5m, the QS lot £3.5m, the M&E £12.5m, and the structural and civil engineering £8m. The biggest lot by value is architecture with a price tag of £15.5m.

The museum said it expected work for each lot to consist of strategic and technical studies or reviews, light touch refurbishments such as painting, complex M&E works such as fire systems upgrades, heavier refurbishments of new spaces and masterplan projects including new buildings – although it cautioned that major masterplan jobs will be less likely over the lifetime of the framework, as it plans to focus on projects on its existing building stock.

But it added: “As strategic planning advances and funding opportunities arise [masterplan projects] may progress during the period of the new framework.”

The deadline to send in requests to participate is 28 August with tender documents due to be sent out on 7 October.