Public tender for remodelling of Hotel Estoril announced

The first casino-hotel of Stanley Ho’s gaming monopoly era will be given a new shape and function

The renovation of the former Hotel Estoril has been officially opened to public tender in a dispatch published in the Official Gazette yesterday.
The official notice follows an announcement from the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Alexis Tam Chong Weng, who pledged on September 14 that the public tender for the design and remodelling of the building would be opened before the end of September.
The building will house the Tap Seac Youth Centre for Cultural, Recreational and Sports Activ­ities, with the tender inviting applications for the provision of design and construction planning.
The ‘place of construction’ outlined in the dispatch includes the former Estoril Hotel, the Estoril swimming pool, and the sportsfield of the Luís Gonzaga Gomes Luso-Chinese High School.
The process, overseen by the Education and Youth Services Bureau (DSEJ), will be opened for a period of 90 days, ending January 15, 2018.
A provisional deposit of MOP2.24 million – in cash deposit or bank guarantee – is required from candidates submitting applications.
The criteria for assessing the proposals is assigned as follows: design proposal (40 per cent), reasonable price (30 per cent), design period (10 per cent), profile of technicians and company (10 per cent), work plan (5 per cent), and experience in similar jobs (5 per cent).
In a previous renovation bid, the Macau SAR Government invited Alvaro Siza Vieira, a Portuguese architect, in April 2015, to work on the project.
However, the decision was met with resistance from local associations such as the Macau Root Planning (a city planners group) leading the government to reverse its decision and opt to launch a public tender instead.
Estoril was the first modern-style casino hotel opened by Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau (STDM) in 1962, marking the launch of the 40-year monopoly era of local casino tycoon Stanley Ho.
Activities have been discontinued in the facilities since the 1990s.