INVITATION TO BID Appointment of a Construction Company (5GB) for the Construction of a New Office Building at the South African Astronomical Observatory site in Cape Town


The SAAO is looking to appoint a suitably qualified building contractor to build an office block on the site of the SAAO in Observatory Cape Town, to house SAEON staff. SAEON are currently housed at the Kirstenbosch Gardens, in offices they rent. SAEON require an office block to house the staff permanently and this will be constructed on the site of the SAAO. The SAAO site is considered a sensitive site, with special requirements to environment and heritage. The SAAO will appoint an independent archaeologist and herpetologist to monitor the activities of the appointed contractor. The successful bidder is required to co-operate with all instructions and guidelines of these consultants. The office block is a single storey building with a foot print of around 300 m2.

The documents required for construction can be downloaded for free by clicking on the following links:


Bill of Quantities (BoQ)

Construction Drawings

All the above documents are required for this tender.

There is a compulsory site visit on Tuesday, 26 January 2021 at 14:00. All visitors are to report to the Main Building and follow COVID-19 Protocols.

The closing of tender submissions will be 11:00 on Friday, 5 February 2021, no late submissions will be considered.

Please refer all queries to the supply chain management department