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Friday, 13 November 2015

Build You Own HMRC Office

My thanks to a loyal reader who posted a link to the following opportunity offered by HMRC.

Those who wish to build new HMRC offices, I would have thought that there must be some offices already built that would be suitable, feel free to apply.

Strategic Delivery Partner

Open opportunity - This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications.
Closing date: 01 January 2016

Contract summary

Construction and Real Estate, Printing and Publishing, Other Services
Location of contract
M60 9LA
Value of contract (£)
Published date
12 October 2015
Closing date
01 January 2016
Contract start date
01 January 2016
Contract end date
02 January 2016


The purpose of this Prior Information Notice (PIN) is:
(a) to give potential tenderers advance notice that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) currently intend to undertake a tendering exercise for a Strategic Delivery Partner, further details of which are given below, and
(b) to advise potential tenderers of an upcoming Supplier Event which will be held on 26/10/2015 in London, at 11am. Followed by opportunities to meet with HMRC on a one to one basis, to be arranged on the supplier day.

HMRC has set out its vision for its future office network as part of its Building our Future Programme. HMRC will create 14 Regional Centres across the UK, of which the majority are expected to be new build properties.

These will vary in size from 1,200 to 7,500 staff. Migration is expected to be over 5 years. The existing 170 offices will close as new Regional Centres open. There will be a small number of specialist sites in addition to the Regional Centres. Some Regional Centres may form part of larger Government Hub campuses.

The requirement is for a Strategic Delivery Partner with the experience to develop and deliver the HMRC Building our Future Property Programme. The partner will work with HMRC and advise on, develop and deliver an overall integrated Building our Future Programme, comment and evaluate individual developments within it; creating a long term management regime and occupier strategy.

HMRC is seeking to engage with organisations or consortia who might be interested in working with the Department to develop its requirements and procurement strategy. Services to be delivered may include: General Programme and Project Management Governance Project Management Office Communications, Marketing and Publicity Property Property/Asset Management Property Acquisitions Freehold/Leasehold Appraisal Construction & Fit Out Financial Business Case Development Financial Appraisal/Cost Modelling Benefit Realisation Investment Funding Commercial Procurement Supply Chain Management Technical M&E Standards Technical Standards (including Environmental) Interior Design IT Cabling Infrastructure Supplier Knowledge & Attributes: UK Coverage Multi-disciplinary organisation FM & Construction Expertise Commercial acumen Public Sector Procurement Government Soft Landings Logistical & Staff Migration Planning Further details about the requirement will be available at the Supplier Event.

About the buyer

5th Floor West Ralli Quays
3 Stanley Street
M60 9LA

Other information

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  1. Its not their money...

    So here we go,
    1) Close all the offices, anyone care to estimate the overall cost of this part of the exercise that will include redundancies, some relocations, IT and infrastructure removal, disposal of furniture etc, staff stress related loss of time etc.?
    2) Design and build 13, or is it 14? new regional offices costing?
    3) Fit out to digital standards including all furniture, IT, secure networks, shredders to shred the paper still generated in these paperless offices, overall costing?

    I would venture to suggest an ongoing expenditure way into the billions of pounds will be incurred. Quite ironic given the alleged current lack of finance available, the staff have seen an effective paycut for years, conditions are such that in some offices you would be prosecuted if you kept animals in them, noise, extremes of temperature, dirt etc.,

    Where has all this money suddenly come from?

    1. I guess they've been saving up all the pay rises staff should've got.

  2. The truth is out?

    Mail today reports the whole thing is a bid to save £100million (WTF?!)

    The head of the Institute of Chatered Accountants for England and Wales said 'The cuts could stretch the taxman to breaking point (really?).
    This is the wrong time to be reorgansiing, closing offices and cutting staff...' (really?)

    Personally I don't give a flying fig what Homer or any of the HMRC imbeciles trotted out on TV state, this whole thing stinks.

    The PAC should call upon HMRC to make public the estimates for the total cost of this crazy decision. It would have to be the PAC because HMRC will not publish the figures or answer any FOI query due to 'commercial confidentiality' - what utter bollocks, dogs or otherwise, effectively, despite any fog of PFI/partnership crap it is the taxpayer funding this debacle.

    There are no longer any walk-in centres available for Joe Public (remember, the 'customer') to be able to walk off the street for a face-to-face enquiry. HMG should force HMRC to co-locate with the Local Authority Regional Hub Offices along with many other public facing entities. HOW ABOUT FLAGGING THIS ONE UP KEN?

  3. Just skimming that buzzword enhanced drivel and what I read it as is "We want somebody to do our job for us."