The Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London, is not only a leading visitor attraction but is one of the world’s leading authorities and research institutes in natural history. They are now seeking expressions of interest from contractors in response to a prior notice for the provision of Bronze Diplodocus carnegii and Hypsilophodon foxii Models. The estimated contract value is unspecified.

United Kingdom-London: Services provided by sculptors

2020/S 044-105524

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: The Natural History Museum
Postal address: Cromwell Road
Town: London
NUTS code: UKI
Postal code: SW7 5BD
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Andy Davies, Procurement Manager
Telephone: +44 2079425416
Internet address(es):
Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: National museum

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title: Bronze Diplodocus carnegii and Hypsilophodon foxii Models

II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

In line with our new vision and strategy to 2031, the Natural History Museum is looking to help transform the study of natural history, engage and involve the widest possible audience, and develop our galleries and grounds. Our priority project is the urban nature project, which involves the transformation of the 5-acres of gardens outside the Waterhouse Building. A major feature of the new design will be the installation of life size replicas of key specimens such as the Diplodocus carnegii and Hypsilophodon foxii. As a result, the Museum intends to tender for the design, development and installation of these replicas. For a short Prospectus about the project, email

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKI
Main site or place of performance:


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Museum intends to invite tenders to design, develop and install the life size, sustainable and durable replicas of:

— the Diplodocus carnegii, specifically based on the ‘Dippy’ specimen, which was gifted to the Museum by Andrew Carnegie; and

— three Hypsilophodon foxii casts based on specimens from the Museum’s collections.

The replicas will be displayed outside the Waterhouse Building in South Kensington as part of the transformed Museum grounds. There may also be a requirement for sculptures of additional specimens, which will be determined in due course.

The sculptures will need to meet the following requirements:

— life size and based on the identified specimens, in order to ensure scientific accuracy;

— similar colour and texture to the original skeletons, to ensure coherence across the design;

— designed and developed using high-quality, weatherproof and durable materials to ensure longevity;

— sustainable, both in material and design process.

II.2.14)Additional information

For a short prospectus about the project, email

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

To view this notice, please click here:

Go reference: GO-2020228-PRO-16083484

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: