About the Opportunity: Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (the Authority) invites Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified and experienced consultants to design and manage the implementation of landscape improvements relating to Three Mills Green, Bromley-by-Bow, London, E3 3DU. This exciting project with an indicative construction budget up to £0.25m provides a tremendous opportunity to enhance and improve the existing spaces at Three Mills Green. Consultants would be expected to work in close co-operation with key project stakeholders throughout the appointment. The Authority wish to appoint a Landscape Architect led team and as a minimum the team should include; - Landscape Architect as Lead Consultant - Project Manager - Quantity Surveyor - CDM Co-ordinator - Contract Administrator It should be noted that where the Lead Consultant proposes to undertake the roles listed above it should be demonstrated that they are suitably skilled and experienced to undertake that role. The Authority is seeking competence in managing projects from project inception through to detailed design, tendering and supervision of work to practical completion on site (Stages A-L of the Landscape Institute's – Landscape Consultant’s Services). It should be noted that the procurement strategy for construction works and the precise extent of the Landscape Architect led consultancy services will be determined in discussion with the successful consultant team following appointment. In addition, the successful consultant team will take a lead role in public consultation throughout the design development stages of the project and will also work closely with officers of the Authority to prepare a management and maintenance plan for the long term management of the site. Implementation of the final design would be expected to take place during the winter and spring of 2010/11. All work associated with the project (with the exception of a 12 months maintenance period) must be completed by March 2011. It should be noted that this appointment is subject to the completion of a grant funding agreement between the Authority and the London Development Agency. At this time the funding has been agreed in principle and it is anticipated that the necessary funding agreement will be in place by the end of February 2010. In the event that the project funding is not secured for any reason or that alterations are required to the project scope, the Authority reserves the right to withdraw this tender or change its scope, as required. The Authority will not reimburse any costs incurred by Consultants in preparing a response to this Expressions of Interest and subsequent Invitation to Tender. Appointment will be subject to the Authority’s General Terms and Conditions for the Supply of Goods and Services. About the buyer's selection process: Procurement Programme It should be noted that the period for returning completed tenders is four weeks from the date of this avertisement. Invitation to Tender documentation will be issued two weeks before the tender return deadline. Milestone Date Expressions of Interest avertisement placed 22/01/2010 Expressions of Interest response period 22/01/2010 – 05/02/2010 Invitation to Tender issued 05/02/2010 Tender return deadline 13:00 hours on 22/02/2010 Tender evaluation 23/02/2010-25/02/2010 Notify shortlisted consultants 26/02/2010 Interviews 02/03/2010 Appoint Consultants 04/03/2010 Project Programme Milestone Date Commence design 08/03/2010 Submit planning application 28/06/2010 Obtain planning consent 27/08/2010 Issue construction tender documents 20/09/2010 Construction tender returns 15/10/2010 Evaluate and appoint contractor 21/10/2010 Works commence on site 22/11/2010 Completion 31/03/2011 About the buyer: The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority is a statutory body responsible for managing and developing the 26 mile long, 4,000ha Lee Valley Regional Park - the only regional park serving London, Hertfordshire and Essex. The Authority has a broad remit with a duty to develop and preserve leisure, recreation, sport and nature throughout the Regional Park. It is an active partner in the Lea River Park initiative in the lower Lea Valley, which aims to develop a chain of new and enhanced open space linking Olympic Park to the Thames. As a component part of the Lea River Park initiative, we are working with partners including Design for London, London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and London Borough of Newham to design and implement landscape enhancement works at Three Mills Green. Three Mills Green is an existing public open space owned and managed by the Authority. The site is located on the northern half of Three Mills Island, immediately adjacent to the Three Mills Studio complex, in the London Borough of Newham. Some 2.75ha in area, the site is broadly triangular, bounded on the east by the Three Mills Wall River and on the west by the Prescott Channel. To the south west of the site is a complex of historic mill buildings, including the Grade 1 listed House Mill, which also offers some visitor facilities (e.g. small cafeé, toilets). The site includes a river edge walk along the western edge of the island, which forms an important part of the proposed “Fatwalk” route which will when completed provide a continuous route from the Thames north, via the Olympic Park to the rest of the Lee Valley Regional Park. To the east of the river edge walk, the open space area is fully fenced, and includes large areas of mown grass, tree lined boundaries, some hard standing, two large earth mounds on the eastern edge of the site, a memorial at the northern apex of the site and a number of paths through and around the site. The new Three Mills Lock lies at the south eastern corner of the Green and provides a new river crossing point over the Prescott Channel and access to the east as well as an area of new visitor interest for the site. The site has in past been used as an event venue and it is considered that there is ongoing potential to enhance the potential of the site to host events. Current use is primarily informal recreation and leisure. Aims and objectives for development work at Three Mills Green include: - Retain and enhance flexible open space with the capacity to host events of a range of scales and types. - Strengthen convergence of key routes – ‘Fatwalk’, Lea Valley Walk, Lee Valley Pathway, eastern public right of way to Greenway. - Build on existing visitor attractions of the area, especially heritage values and visitor infrastructure of House Mill and with Three Mills Lock. - Increase diversity and interest of open space experience integrating opportunities for informal sports and play. - Protect and enhance ecological values of the site. - Ensure any future development minimises as far as possible the future maintenance and asset management costs to the Authority. - Ensure future flexibility for change in response to development on Three Mills Island and Sugar House Lane.