The region's biggest construction firms are expected to compete in the eagerly awaited contest to rebuild the Everyman theatre in Liverpool.
The initial tender document published by Liverpool & Merseyside Theatres Trust on Monday values the job at £13.5m excluding demolition and contingency costs.
The winning contractor with build a new three-storey theatre and associated office and rehearsal space, create a loading bay at the rear accessed from Arrad Street and carry out alterations to footways at front and rear, following the demolition of the existing theatre and 11 Hope Street. Demolition will be undertaken through a separate contract.
The redevelopment of the famous theatre on Hope Street is part of a £27.3m project by the trust which includes feasibility work at the Playhouse theatre in Williamson Square which it also owns and operates.
The main funders are Arts Council England, the North West Development Agency, European Regional Development Fund and other public and private funders and stakeholders.
The theatre will close on 2 July and the new building, designed by Haworth Tompkins, will open in 2013.
The schedule for the build programme is as follows:
- Deadline for Pre Qualification Questionnaire queries, 9am Friday 13 May
- Deadline for PQQ requests, 12midday Monday 16 May
- Deadline for PQQ to be received, 5pm Wednesday 18 May
- Provisional PQQ shortlist interviews, 13 and or 14 June
- Commence demolition (separate contract not covered by this contract notice), August 2011
- Out to tender, 22 August
- Appoint contractor, 3 November
- Commence construction, 1 December
- Reopen theatre, autumn 2013
Acuity Management Solutions is advising the trust on the bid process.