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Parliament revamp bidders asked to extend bids again

The body in charge of procuring the £4bn restoration of Parliament has written to bidders asking for their consent to extend the tender process for a number of months due to the snap general election.

Construction News has learned that the parliamentary procurement and commercial service for the Houses of Parliament has written to firms shortlisted for the programme, project and cost management services, giving them until the end of today (3 May) to agree to extend the bid validity period (BVP) on the tender.

The winners of the £4bn contract were chosen last summer. However, the shortlisted firms have yet to be officially informed whether they have won the job.

According to the rules regarding the public procurement, a bid validity period locks in any bidder’s offer as legally binding.

However, after this period expires, a bidder is at liberty to change their bid if the contract has not been signed. The bid validity period for the programme, project and cost management services contract expired on 30 April.

The new delay represents the second time bidders have been asked to wait for an announcement over the refurbishment project, with an announcement now not expected until mid-July.

In March firms were asked to extend their bids, as it was expected a debate would be held before Easter on the restoration of the Palace of Westminster.

Contracts for the project are expected to be released once both the House of Commons and House of Lords hold a debate on the delivery option for the project.

It is understood that the project has now been left in limbo and a date for the debate to take place is unknown.

Firms that have scooped work on the project will be announced once both Houses decide whether MPs will fully decant, partially decant or stay put in the Palace.

Construction News reported last month that Mace and Aecom are tipped to win the programme, project and cost management services contract.

The JV, along with the winner of the separate architectural and building design services contract, will form the delivery authority for the project.

A parliamentary spokesman said: “The outcome of the procurement process will be announced in due course.

“Any information being circulated on the award of contracts at this stage is purely speculation.”

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