Belfast Harbour Film Studio - Phase 2


F05: Contract notice – utilities

Notice reference: 2021/S 000-029992

Published 2 December 2021, 4:30pm

Section one: Contracting entity

one.1) Name and addresses


Harbour Office,Corporation Square




Eugene McBride




+44 090554422


United Kingdom

NUTS code

UKN06 - Belfast

Internet address(es)

Main address


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


Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the above-mentioned address

one.6) Main activity

Port-related activities

Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

Belfast Harbour Film Studio - Phase 2

Reference number

Reference number: P375

two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 45210000 - Building construction work

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

BHC are seeking expressions of interest from contractors who are interested in providing the construction works required for a purpose built sound studios totalling approx. 180,000 sqft. The facility will also include office accommodation and associated ancillary space. Further information regarding the opportunity will be provided within the pre-qualification documents that can be requested through the contact detailed at I.1 of this FTS notice

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.2) Description

two.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

  • 45212320 - Construction work for buildings relating to artistic performances

two.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS codes
  • UKN06 - Belfast
Main site or place of performance

Belfast Harbour

two.2.4) Description of the procurement

The Belfast Harbour Film Studio Phase 2, will be a purpose built film studio complex, designed to meet the needs of the all current production requirements. The complex will include purpose built sound studios which will provide approx. 180,000 sqft of space. The stages will be fully soundproofed, and each will be provided with air conditioning, extraction fans, fixed steel grids, catwalks, and three phase power supplies. The stage facilities will be supported by a number of large workshops, each of which will be capable of being further sub-divided, with ancillary office accommodation. The complex will be located within a secure compound, with dedicated car parking and service vehicle access, and sufficient space to allow for outdoor filming and set construction. Both the complex and compound will be fully DDA compliant. The adjacent Phase One of the Film Studios is currently occupied and operational.

BHC reserves the right at any time to:

- reject any or all responses and to cancel or withdraw from this procurement at any stage;

- award a contract without prior notice;

- change the basis, the procedures and timescales set out or referred to within the procurement documents; or

- require a bidder to clarify any submissions in writing and/or to provide additional information.

Bidders who wish to participate in this procurement will be required to provide contact details before downloading the tender documents. Bidders who fail to provide their details to BHC or register in this manner will not receive any clarifications or updated information provided by BHC during the tender process. The costs of responding to this notice and participation in the process will be borne by each bidder. All discussions and correspondence will be deemed strictly subject to contract until a formal contract is entered into. The formal contract shall not be binding until it has been signed and dated by the duly authorised representatives of both parties.

BHC will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of contract is communicated to all bidders. The standstill period provides time for unsuccessful bidders to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into. The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 (as amended) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (Northern Ireland).

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: £44,000,000

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

Duration in months


This contract is subject to renewal


two.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Maximum number: 6

two.2.10) Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: No

two.2.11) Information about options

Options: 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

Further information will be provided in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire & Invitation to Tender documents

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.1.6) Deposits and guarantees required

Further information will be provided in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire & Invitation to Tender documents. Furthermore, BHC reserves the right to require bonds, deposits, guarantees or other forms of undertaking or security to ensure proper contractual performance.

three.1.8) Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded

Subject to the status and involvement of the parties, BHC may require the parties to commit to joint and several liability in respect of the contract. Alternatively, BHC may require the lead operator to take total responsibility or a consortium to form a legal entity before entering into any contract.

three.2) Conditions related to the contract

three.2.2) Contract performance conditions

Further information will be provided in the PreQualification Questionnaire documents

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

Negotiated procedure with prior call for competition

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.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number: 2020/S 175-424035

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


21 December 2021

Local time


four.2.3) Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

14 January 2022

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

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

Section six. Complementary information

six.1) Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: No

six.4) Procedures for review

six.4.1) Review body

High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland

Royal Courts of Justice, Chichester Street




United Kingdom