|Expression of Interest Inspire Wellbeing: Woodvale Beacon Centre, 32 Ballymoney Road, Ballymena, BT43 5BY Alteration and Improvement Works
|Alteration and Improvement Works
Suitably experienced Building Contractors are invited to register an “Expression of Interest” in respect of proposed works to alter and improve the existing property at 32 Ballymoney Road, Ballymena. The 3 storey, end of terrace premises are occupied by Inspire Wellbeing, a registered charity who support mental wellbeing in the community.
The works are centred upon improving accessibility for persons with disabilities and upgrading fire safety including the means of escape. This shall involve alterations to room layouts within all three floor levels and changes to the floor slab at ground floor level. New toilet accommodation, including an accessible toilet, is to be installed. Damp proofing works are required and the majority of the existing electrical and mechanical systems shall be stripped out and renewed. All areas of the property shall be redecorated and receive new floor finishes.
The project budget is in the region of £175,000 excluding VAT.
The project programme is as follows:
• Deadline for registering an Expression of Interest – 07.02.24
• Tender period – 09.02.24 to 01.03.24
• Works commencement 11.03.24
• Works completion 07.06.24.
Further details are available in the attached including closing date.
Expression of Interest Inspire 23.01.24.docx
|Knowledge Drops – Procurement Act 2023
|Cabinet Office has now released its first phase of the Learning and Development offering, the knowledge drops, for the Procurement Act 2023
The Knowledge Drops comprise a series of on-demand videos designed to provide a high level overview of the changes to the procurement regulations and are aimed at those who have regular interactions with procurement and would need some material level of understanding of the new legislation.
There are separate Knowledge Drops for:
• Contracting authorities: 45 minutes in total, broken down into 6 smaller sections.
• Suppliers: 45 minutes in total, broken down into 3 smaller sections.
• VCSE and SME suppliers: 45 minutes in total, broken down into 3 smaller sections.
• Additionally there are accompanying fact sheets that outline the specific differences for Wales, Northern Ireland, utilities, light touch, defence and security, concessions and schools.
You can view and access all the Knowledge Drops and factsheets on a dedicated page on the Transforming Public Procurement webpages: The Official Transforming Public Procurement Knowledge Drops - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-official-transforming-public-procurement-knowledge-drops
|Procurement Act 2023 - A Short Guide for Suppliers
|Please see attached flyer which provides an update on the Procurement Bill 2023.
The Procurement Bill (which applies to England, NI and Wales) received Royal Assent on 26 October, officially making the Bill into an Act of Parliament. The aims of the Act are to simplify public procurement processes and it make it easier to bid, negotiate and work in partnership with the public sector. It will remove bureaucratic barriers and level the playing field for smaller businesses so they can compete for more contracts.
There will be a new central digital platform (still in development) for suppliers to register and store their details so that they can be used for multiple bids; and the publication of a broader range of notices across the procurement cycle will enhance the transparency of public procurement.
A transforming public procurement webpage provides further information on the Act and videos to raise awareness with public sector suppliers on future changes and ambitions of the new procurement regime. This webpage can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/transforming-public-procurement.
The Act requires further legislation to implement the central platform and provide extra detail on the content required for the necessary notices. It is expected that this legislation will be laid in Parliament in Spring 2024 with the new regime implemented in October 2024
Further information on this legislation and guidance will be provided as it becomes available.
|Part 2 Consultation on draft regulations to implement the Procurement Bill
|Part 2 of the public consultation on the secondary legislation required to implement the new public procurement regime established by the Procurement Bill has now opened.
This second part of the consultation focuses on the transparency provisions and notices that will be used by contracting authorities to fulfil their legal requirements under the Bill. It also includes information on the proposed approach to transitional arrangements for procurements already underway at the time that the new regime enters into force and the position on other legislation that will need to be amended in order for the full provisions of the Bill to take effect.
The consultation is being conducted online, and you can find all relevant information, and the mechanism to respond, via our dedicated page on Gov.uk (link in the attachment). The page contains the consultation document, the draft Statutory Instrument, and a link to the survey questionnaire for you to feed back views and comments. This second part of the consultation will close at 11:45pm on 25th August 2023.
Part 1 of the consultation will close at 11:45pm on 28th July 2023. You can view the relevant consultation documents and mechanism to feedback views in the link in the attachment.
Procurement Bill Consultation 19.07.23.docx
|Sculptural Artwork Commission for the Bushmills Courthouse Shared Space Creative Hub
|Enterprise Causeway invites talented artists to participate in a prestigious opportunity to create four sculptural artworks at the Bushmills Courthouse Shared Space Creative Hub.
This tender seeks visionary artists for the design, fabrication, and installation of four striking 2D/3D sculptural artworks. The maximum budget for each sculptural artwork is £50,000. Each individual artist is limited to applying for a maximum of two commissions.
This opportunity is part of the Bushmills Courthouse Shared Space Creative Hub project, supported by the EU's PEACE IV Shared Space Programme. The project aims to restore the historic grade 2 listed Bushmills Courthouse and construct a new three-story extension, creating a vibrant Creative Hub for creative businesses, the local community, and visitors.
Selected artworks will become integral elements of this iconic space, blending history with contemporary art to captivate and engage visitors.
As part of a two-stage proposal and selection process, artists will have the opportunity to showcase their creativity and leave a lasting artistic legacy.
This project has been funded under the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme (managed by the Special EU Programmes Body), with match-funding provided by the Department for Communities, Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development, Ireland.
For full details and how to apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for receipt of submissions is Friday 4th August 2023 at 4pm. Applications received after this date and time will not be considered.
|Procurement Reform Bill – Consultation Open
|The new Procurement Reform Bill, which is in the final stage of it’s passage through Parliament, will contain provision for Northern Ireland. Cabinet Office has now launched a public consultation on the secondary legislation required to implement this new procurement regime. It is now open for all interested stakeholders to have their say.
This is a technical consultation, split into two parts. This first part of the consultation refers predominantly to areas of the Bill which require lists, calculations or further definitions to be used in practice. Questions seek to understand to what extent the draft secondary legislation provisions implement the policy intent as established in the Bill.
The second part of the consultation will cover the transparency provisions and notices that will be used by Contracting Authorities to fulfil their legal requirements under the Act; it will also include information on the proposed approach to transitional arrangements for procurements already underway at the time that the new regime enters into force and the position on other legislation that will need to be amended in order for the full provisions of the Act to take effect.
The consultation is being conducted online, and if interested, you can respond, via Part 1 Consultation on draft regulations to implement the Procurement Bill - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) (attached separately). The page contains the consultation document, the draft Statutory Instrument, and a link to the survey questionnaire for you to feed back views and comments.
Part 1 of the consultation opened on 19 June and will close at 11:45pm on 28th July 2023. Part 2 is expected to launch in July 2023 - further details will be provided at that time.
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