Birmingham Museum Feasibility Study Masterplanner

  • Birmingham Museums Trust

F02: Contract notice

Notice reference: 2021/S 000-019730

Published 13 August 2021, 12:25pm

Section one: Contracting authority

one.1) Name and addresses

Birmingham Museums Trust

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square


B3 3DH




United Kingdom

NUTS code

UKG31 - Birmingham

Internet address(es)

Main address


Buyer's address


one.2) Information about joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body

one.3) Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at


Additional information can be obtained from the above-mentioned address

Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via


one.4) Type of the contracting authority

Other type

Museum Trust

one.5) Main activity

Recreation, culture and religion

Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

Birmingham Museum Feasibility Study Masterplanner

two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 71241000 - Feasibility study, advisory service, analysis

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to explore, interrogate, and respond to the vision, ethos, and overall approach for a unique and innovative new museum for Birmingham that is being developed by Birmingham Museums Trust, supported by Birmingham City Council and Science Museum Group.

A Masterplanner is required as part of a wider team to deliver a feasibility study that researches and develops the site options, function, and business model for the development of a new museum for Birmingham, as a potential partnership between Birmingham City Council (BCC), Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT) and the Science Museum Group (SMG).

A "launch" event will be held on 24th August 2021 at 12:30pm via Zoom where we will give a briefing on the project and provide space for Q&A. If you wish to attend, please register your interest at londonenquiries@focus-consultants.com. If you wish to receive the recording after the event, please likewise email the same address.

two.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: £70,000

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.2) Description

two.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

  • 71210000 - Advisory architectural services
  • 71220000 - Architectural design services
  • 71240000 - Architectural, engineering and planning services
  • 71400000 - Urban planning and landscape architectural services
  • 92521100 - Museum-exhibition services
  • 92521000 - Museum services

two.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS codes
  • UKG31 - Birmingham
Main site or place of performance

Birmingham Museum

two.2.4) Description of the procurement

Overall Feasibility Study Deliverables

The feasibility study will:

1. Articulate the vision and audience manifesto for a museum that seeks to address a new model in mass participation.

2. Set out the objectives, function and purpose of the museum and other manifestation of audience-centered engagement with science and industry and wider subjects (see Vision).

3. Develop a clear brief of requirements for the new museum and its development, that is audience centered.

4. Establish the business case and governance framework in which to develop, deliver, and operate the new offer, helping BMT, SMG, and BCC explore potential partnership models.

5. Identify and test locations for new physical space(s) and preferred option(s), considering both new build and the repurposing of an existing site.

6. Develop indicative costs and programme for delivery (inc. operational model and costs) for the new museum.

7. Provide a package of information, including visuals, to enable advocacy of the project with stakeholders and potential funders.

8. Provide the necessary information to determine a way forward, identifying the next steps to enable the development to progress.

This procurement process is for the role of the Masterplanner to deliver the above. It will be specifically responsible for deliverables 3, 5, and 7, with input and feeding into the other deliverables, responsible to others.

two.2.5) Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

two.2.6) Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: £70,000

two.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Start date

27 September 2021

End date

31 March 2022

This contract is subject to renewal


two.2.10) Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: No

two.2.11) Information about options

Options: No

two.2.13) Information about European Union Funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Section three. Legal, economic, financial and technical information

three.1) Conditions for participation

three.1.1) Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of conditions

As per procurement documentation

three.1.2) Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

three.1.3) Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

three.2) Conditions related to the contract

three.2.1) Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession

Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision

As per the procurement documentation.

three.2.2) Contract performance conditions

As per the procurement documentation.

three.2.3) Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section four. Procedure

four.1) Description

four.1.1) Type of procedure

Open procedure

four.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

four.2) Administrative information

four.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate


13 September 2021

Local time


four.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted


four.2.6) Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Tender must be valid until: 15 October 2021

four.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders


13 September 2021

Local time



Online between Focus and BMT

Information about authorised persons and opening procedure

Eleanor Clarke

Witnessed by Toby Watley

Section six. Complementary information

six.1) Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: No

six.2) Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used

Electronic invoicing will be accepted

Electronic payment will be used

six.3) Additional information

Please note that this is a below threshold procurement exercise that we have elected to advertise via Find A Tender to ensure as wide a reach as possible.

As such, the standard time periods do not apply, but we will adhere to the overall principles as best practice.

(MT Ref:223663)

six.4) Procedures for review

six.4.1) Review body

Public Procurement Review Service

Cabinet Office





+44 3450103503


United Kingdom

Internet address