Horseshoe Lake Country Park is a 50-acre site which lies within the Blackwater Valley Area of Special Landscape Importance located approximately half a mile to the west of Sandhurst.
Horseshoe Lake is set in a series of former flooded gravel pits which have various purposes and facilities across the sites, for example nature reserves, power water sports and fishing. There are two public rights of way on the site which form part of the Blackwater Valley and Three Castles Walk network.
Current access to the site is via Mill Lane off Reading Road to the south, or Lower Sandhurst Road to the north. There is an access road on site, connecting a hard-standing parking area (for approximately 18 vehicles) and extending north to the centre of the site. There are high voltage power-lines running east to west overhead.
Horseshoe Lake water-sports and activity centre is located on the site at present with parking for further vehicles, a water-sports yard, storage containers, mobile home and small existing visitors centre. To the west of the visitor’s centre is water front access and a pontoon extending into the lake.
The existing visitors centre is approximately 150 sqm comprising a single-storey timber clad building with pitched roof, providing a reception, shop and changing room for public use, as well as a separate office and kitchenette.
Bracknell Forest Council website describes the site as “an attractive setting in the Black water Valley and a popular venue for those who enjoy sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, birdwatching and walking. There is a bridleway to the northern site boundary and a clear hardcore path circumnavigating the lake, providing very pleasant views of the site and surrounding countryside. The site is home to a variety of wildlife and protected species.”
The brief sets out the purpose and scope of the project along with the main requirements and outcomes for the building accommodation and site. Organisations must register their interest on the South East Business Portal ( SEBP) site in order to receive any changes or notifications issued by the Council during this tender process. The Council will not be held responsible for lack of communication to any organisation who does not register their interest. Clarification questions can also be sent through the site
The procurement will be in 2 stages. Selection Questionnaire (SQ) and Request for Quotation (RFQ) From the SQ evaluations the Council will invite no less than 5 and no more than 7 Bidders to receive the RFQ documents.