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Outer London Fund Round 2: Explore, Enjoy & Invest in Balham

Contract for the Provision of Consultancy Services for the Outer London Fund Round 2: Explore, Enjoy & Invest in Balham.

Wandsworth Borough Council are seeking expressions of interest from suitably experienced and competent service providers for the Balham Outer London Fund Round 2 programme.

Balham town centre has successfully secured £1.95m from the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund, unlocking an ambitious programme of improvements. We are seeking an excellent multidisciplinary design team to take the lead, and help us deliver a brilliant London town centre.

The range of skills needed include public realm design; community engagement; external installation lighting design; liaison with CDM; highways design; costs consultant services. The kind of projects being undertaken will also require a sensibility for graphics and identity-building.

We are seeking to appoint a consultant, or consultant team, who will:

  • develop a powerful, overarching urban design strategy and design approach that makes all the projects in the initiative come together;
  • provide a full design service and site supervision service (RIBA work stages A to L) to the five key public space projects listed below, along with associated consultation and engagement for all actions;
  • provide programme-wide support to ensure the agreed urban design strategy and design approach is reflected in the non-public realm aspects of the project.
  • The transformation is made up of the following projects, which are all funded, and need to be completed by March 2014:
  • Bringing ‘delight’ to Balham High Road railway bridge – Enhancing the railway bridge to unlock the potential of the areas adjacent to the railway bridge; to encourage visitors to walk under the bridge to explore the southern half of Balham Town Centre, increase footfall and spend for independent retailers located in this area.
  • Public realm improvements to Hildreth Street to make it a vibrant
market and café strip – The intention is to give clearer pedestrian priority
along Hildreth Street, provide more space for outdoor tables from cafes,
encourage more on-street activity from local traders, including increased
take up of available market pitches, and a more flexible space for use
during events. This is to maximise the new investment already underway
and to achieve the café culture potential of the street.
  • Public realm improvements to Balham Community Space – Our
intention is to build on the recent improvements and investment to the
space and to undertake some simple measures to improve this space,
bringing it into wider community use as an attractive area where shoppers
can take a rest, and where community and business groups can hold
outdoor events.
  • Public realm improvements to Post Office forecourt – Our intention is
to carry out some design led improvements to transform this space into an
attractive public square. The square will build on the investment in the
area and provide additional public space for the increasing number of local
  • A creative solution to the ‘Ugly Wall’ – a prominent but unattractive
flank wall has huge potential to help link together Balham’s public spaces,
promote Balham’s identity and encourage visitors to explore Balham.
  • Implementing and delivering effective wayfinding in the high street
(signage; printed and digital maps).
  • Assist in the setting up and revitalising traders associations to deliver a
series of cultural events that will showcase Balham town centre.
  • Unlocking the development of low density sites close to Balham Station.

Overall, the aim is for all the projects to be related, so that the agreed urban design strategy and design approach is clear across digital, printed and the built experience.

£1,454,250 has been secured for the five public realm projects. The total
budget for consultant fees has been set at a maximum of 12%.

Organisations wishing to be considered for selection to tender are required to complete a pre-qualifying questionnaire (PQQ), which should be obtained
from Rebecca Skellett either by email at or by
telephone 020 8871 5885 or by post from Economic Development Office,
Wandsworth Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 2PU.

Completed PQQs, along with any supporting documentation must be
submitted by Friday 14th September 2012 at 12:00 noon. Late submissions
may not be considered.

Selection for inclusion within the tender list will be based on responses
provided within the PQQ including but not limited to the following criteria:

1. Evidence of delivering high quality design solutions, relevant to this

2. Evidence of range and breadth of experience and innovation of the
individuals assigned to deliver the contract requirements;

3. Evidence of economic and financial standing in respect of viability to
perform the contract requirements, including the requirement that
turnover is equivalent to the annual contract value;

4. Evidence of the following suitable levels of insurance level: Public
Liability to a minimum of £5,000,000 (five million pounds) per
occurrence, Employers Liability to a minimum of £5,000,000 (five
million pounds) and Professional Indemnity to a minimum of
£2,000,000 (two million pounds) or a statement that these will be
obtained if awarded the contract;

5. Evidence of technical and professional capacity and ability.

For full details of the evaluation criteria please refer to the PQQ.
It is intended to restrict the tender list to a maximum of six companies. If more
than six companies fulfil the criteria for selection, those scoring the highest
number of points on the evaluation criteria will be invited to tender.

The award of the contract will be based on MEAT (i.e. most economically
advantageous tender). This will be assessed with the weighting of 90% for
quality criteria and 10% price, as stated in the invitation to tender document.
Tenders will be invited to submit proposals within the price of £174,510; any
tenders that exceed this total will not be considered.

Applicants are advised that references will be obtained in writing from three
referees. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their referees
respond within the time scale.

A contract notice was dispatched on 14th August 2012 for publication in the
Official Journal of the European Union.

If you have any questions with regards this opportunity, please contact
Rebecca Skellett either by email at or by
telephone 020 8871 5885.

It is a project being funded by the Mayor of London, and delivered in partnership with local businesses and the Borough of Wandsworth. It is being advertised at

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