Published date: 8 September 2023

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 9 October 2023, 12pm

Contract summary


  • Construction work - 45000000

Location of contract

South East

Value of contract

£125,000,000 to £150,000,000

Procurement reference


Published date

8 September 2023

Closing date

9 October 2023

Closing time


Contract start date

8 January 2024

Contract end date

31 December 2027

Contract type


Procedure type

Restricted procedure (above threshold)

A two-stage procedure, where the first stage is used to select suppliers, who are then invited to bid in the second stage.

This procedure can be used for procurements above the relevant contract value threshold.

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The University is seeking a Design and Build Contractor for the development of the North East Quadrant ("NEQ") site in Southampton, Hampshire.

The North-East Quadrant ("NEQ") site forms part of the Highfield Campus. The site area is approximately 12,290m². Phase 1 consists of the construction of a 4-storey teaching facility (GIFA of c. 15,574m2), with 5 storeys, a basement, and ancillary facilities hub.

The building is split into three interconnected areas arranged around a central atrium. The west block consists of a concrete structure with the east / south proposed to be of a steel frame. The external wall solution will be evolved during stage 3. Sustainability and low energy solutions are key to the success of this building due to lack of local power. The works include amendments to external landscaping, and all associated works to meet all planning and building control requirements stipulated elsewhere within the Employer's Requirements. Any S278 works will be delivered as part of an agreement between the selected contractor and Southampton City Council.

The successful Contractor will be required to work alongside the Client design team via a PCSA agreement through Stage 3 and Stage 4, at which point a contract sum can be agreed. It is the intention that a separate "Enabling Works"contract will be completed during the Pre-Construction period.

The University proposes to enter into a Contract for the delivery of the NEQ Project by Q1 2027 with the successful contractor. The University will appoint the successful contractor via a PCSA appointment in 2024 to deliver pre-construction services, but also a separate enabling works contract, which should de-risk the site prior to agreement of the contract sum for the main works.


This procurement process is being conducted as a Restricted procedure; consisting of both Selection and Invitation to Tender stages.


E-Tendering Portal:

The University is utilising an electronic tendering tool, In-Tend ( universityofsouthampton) to manage this procurement and to communicate with potential suppliers and/or tenderers (as appropriate).

All documentation in relation to this tender can be downloaded from In-Tend.

Potential suppliers/tenderers are advised that there will be no hard copy documents issued and all communications with the University, including the submission of Selection Stage and/or Invitation to Tender responses will be conducted via In-Tend.

Regular monitoring of the portal is the responsibility of the potential supplier/tenderer.

If you are not already registered as a supplier with the University of Southampton, you will need to register in In-Tend in order to access the procurement documentation.

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