Bidding starts for £600m animal science estate deal

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has opened the bidding for a new framework to deliver buildings for its Animal and Plant Health Agency science estate.

The Engineering Delivery Framework has been split into seven lots covering infrastructure, building construction and design.

DEFRA estimates successful firms will share around £600m of spend at the main estate in Weybridge, Surrey as well as the regional labs at Starcross, Camarthen, Penrith, Newcastle, Shrewsbury, Bury St Edmonds, Sutton Bonnington and Lasswade.

SED Framework

Lot 1: M&E heavy design, build, installation and refurbishments projects  inside the containment laboratory environment

Lot 2: General building works outside of containment areas

Lot 3: Site infrastructure, including earthworks and utilities

Lot 4: Security Systems, including engineering work for CCTV installations and repair and maintenance

Lot 5:  Delivery of biowaste effluent treatment plants

Lot 6: Multiple Discipline Design Services

Lot 7: Professional Services, specifically PM and cost management services for construction projects


Bid documents, which can be found on the web portal should be returned by 1 December.

The new line-up of engineering partners will come into force from 1 September 2022 and run for four years.

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