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					TCS/Selection ID:              29291
DTM Number:                    41444
Country:                       Georgia
Sector:                        Transport
Project Title:                 Tbilisi Rail Bypass Project
Assignment Title:              Masterplan for Major Development Site in Tbilisi
Closing Date/Time:             26 July at 17:00 (Georgian Local Time, UTC/GMT +4 hours)
Executing Agency:              Georgian Railway LLC

The EBRD’s Contact Person:
Ginny Makepeace Awosunle
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6369
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
E-mail: makepeag@ebrd.com;


Assignment Description:

The preparation of the Masterplan is one of the tasks/undertakings under the Tbilisi Railway Bypass Project (the “Bypass Project”),
which is expected to be financed by the EBRD, Georgian Railway and potentially by co lenders.
The implementation of the Bypass Project is expected to start in summer 2010. It is expected that the site will be freed up from
railway infrastructure in 2013 or thereafter. The current railway section running through the capital splits the city in two parts and
occupies significant area of the geographical centre of Tbilisi. Freeing up the 86 ha of valuable land plot in the centre of the capital
city is a very rare opportunity. This will enable the city to redevelop.

The Masterplan will be the instrument that determines a land disposal strategy for Georgian Railway and must therefore clearly
identify a phased strategy of land release that balances the need to generate early capital receipts with the need to build a long term
sustainable and transformational urban development vision.
Georgian Railway LLC (GR) intends to engage an experienced international company with demonstrated experience in the
preparation of Masterplans for large scale sites (the “Consultant”), for the preparation of the Masterplan for Major Development Site
in Tbilisi to the very best international standards as an exemplar of sustainable urban development, commercial success and
investment value. The Consultant is expected to undertake the following key tasks:
■          Stage 1: A market study
■          Stage 2: A Masterplan, that includes:
                 A design vision
                 A technical review
                 An infrastructure plan
                 An urban design strategy
                 An environmental and social impact appraisal
                 A consultation programme
                 A financial appraisal and model
                 Securing planning approvals
■           Stage 3: A sales and disposal strategy, including advice on procurement.
■           Stage 4: Soft marketing testing, investor and developer engagement, including organization of at least 3 promotion road-
            shows and the preparation of a marketing and investor engagement plan.

Under the Bypass Project, one of the tasks is the preparation of a site contamination study, which will be undertaken concurrently
with the Masterplan development, with preliminary results made available to the Masterplanning team as these are obtained in the
field. Close cooperation and exchange between the Masterplanning and land contamination consultants would be expected. The
outcome of the land contamination study would need to be taken into account by masterplanners during the design process including
accounting any financial obligations, as may be applicable, to clean up the site from possible contamination subject to the proposed
land use.


Assignment Start Date and Duration:


The assignment is expected to start in the quarter 4 of 2010 and have a duration of 8 months.


Maximum Budget available for the Assignment:
EUR 1.5 million; Exclusive of VAT.
The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without
taking into consideration the Bank’s special status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for
Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the
provision of services (e.g VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the
gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.


Funding Source and Eligibility:
It is envisaged that the contract will be financed by the European Union, through the Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF), so
firms from any country are eligible for short listing and selection.

The proceeds will not be used for the purpose of any payment to person or entities, or for any import of goods, it such payment is
prohibited by a decision of the United nations security council taken under Chapter VII of the Chapter of United Nations.


Consultant Profile:

The consultant team is required to have demonstrable and proven strengths across a range of disciplines, including design,
engineering, property and investment market analysis, planning and public consultation. The Consultant will be appointed on the
basis of their technical expertise and experience in delivering schemes of a similar scale and significance as that for Tbilisi.
Consultants are asked provide up to 3 case studies of no more than two sides of A4 paper each that demonstrate experience and
competence in the following areas.

The consultant team is required to provide evidence of the following:

            ■        Proven experience in producing exemplary and visionary designs and masterplans for large scale sites, including
            expertise in design and engineering skills that incorporate best practice in urban development;

            ■         Proven experience of developing sustainable and commercially driven Masterplans for similarly large scale
            urban projects. This should include expertise in urban planning, environmental and social impact assessment,
            infrastructure engineering, international property market analyses, economic and market assessments and the
            optimisation of commercial value through development / infrastructure / design and engineering solutions;

            ■         Proven experience of working in multi-stakeholder environments that include landowners, funders, public sector
            institutions, planning authorities and civil society organisations;

            ■        Demonstrable experience of key infrastructural requirements including local town planning law and processes;
            engineering, geotechnical, ecology and transport skills;

            ■     Experience of managing, implementing and completing complex, large scale and multidisciplinary Masterplans
            and development projects, including use of internationally recognised project management techniques, and

            ■      Access to and knowledge of international investment and development markets and experience in selling and
            securing investment for major development sites in City Centres.
Submission Requirements:
Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. In order to determine the capability and
experience of firms seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted shall include the following:

     Lead and associate company profiles, organisation, staffing and financial standing;
     Description of consultancy consortia and their key roles;
     Details of experience on similar assignments undertaken in the previous ten years, including their locations, including 3
     detailed case studies;
     Identification of the lead Director proposed for the assignment;
     CVs of key staff that would be available to work on the assignment.

The above information should not exceed 30 pages.

Two (2) copies of the above information in English should be submitted to the address below in an envelope marked "Expression
of Interest for Masterplan for Major Development Site in Tbilisi, for delivery not later than 26 July 2010, at 17:00 Georgian local
time to the main contact below. Expressions of interest should also be submitted by e-mail to the following e-mail addresses:
dsadradze@railway.ge; makepeag@ebrd.com

                              Mr. David Sadradze
                              Project Manager of the Strategic Projects and Development of “Georgian Railway” LLC
                              15, Tamar Mepe Ave., Tbilisi, Georgia
                              Tel/Fax: + 995 (32) 56-54-90
                              E-mail: dsadradze@railway.ge
Note:
Following this Invitation for Expression of Interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit full proposals.
Short listing and selection will be subject to the availability of funding. Contract award is subject to signing of the associated
investment-related legal agreements.

				
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