Tate draws up £1m catering equipment plan

The Tate Gallery has issued a contract notice that will see it procure more than £1m of kitchen equipment for a giant extension being built on the site.

The ‘Tate Modern Project’ is set to see the famous art venue transformed over the next few years, with an iconic new building added to the south of the existing gallery.

The seven-year development project has now reached the stage where the operator needs to find a partner to deliver the catering infrastructure planned for the site.

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The scope of the work associated with the catering equipment package will essentially be split into two components over a 16-month timeframe from the award of the deal.

One part will address the cold room, extract canopy, boiling pans, combi ovens, hot cupboards, dishwashing, salamanders, shelving, storage, bins, carts and other items.

The other will concern bar counters, storage, bins and glass washing equipment. It will also include MEP services associated to serve the kitchens and bar areas and final connections for public health services.

According to the contract notice, which is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), the estimated value of the project, excluding VAT, is between £1m and £1.25m.

The Tate Gallery says that a minimum of five and maximum of six operators will be invited to participate in order to achieve a “more focused” group of tenderers.

As well as fulfilling all the usual legal and financial criteria, those tendering will be required to provide profiles of recent similar projects and evidence of technical capacity to complete works.

The contract notice has a deadline date of 31st August.

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