Decision details

Decision Maker: Deputy Chief Executive & Corporate Director (Place and Economy)

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


In September 2019 Cabinet approved concept designs and project proposals for the Starlings site in Dovercourt Town Centre and the demolition of the two storey decked carpark on Milton Road (the site to be used subsequently for residential development), and allocated funding to secure delivery.
In March 2020 it was determined that the necessary site investigations had been concluded to the Council's satisfaction and that the project could proceed to delivery.
In July 2020 officers determined to issue an Invitation to Tender (ITT) in order to secure the professional services required to progress the design and demolition methodology for the Starlings site and Milton Road Car Park sites, and to oversee the construction and demolition associated with these sites through to completion.
The closing date for tenders was 5th August 2020. The ITT was posted on Contracts Finder and in addition seven potential contractors were alerted to the work.
This ITT process yielded three tender submissions.
These tenders were assessed and evaluated in accordance with the published ITT criteria, and points awarded for each tender (against each of the criterion).
The Tender evaluation resulted in the selection and appointment (subject to contract) of Richard Jackson Ltd.


Following the competitive process described above, officers have now determined to appoint Richard Jackson Ltd (subject to contract) as the Council's Professional Team for the Starlings and Milton Road Project.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - Progress this work internally to secure the delivery of the project. This option was dismissed because the Council does not have within its staffing compliment the necessary range of skills or the capacity required to progress this work.
Option 2 - Do Nothing. This option was dismissed because Cabinet had already determined (September 2019) that the project should proceed, and had allocated resources accordingly.
Option 3 - Procure a Professional Team via a competitive process to develop detailed designs and construction methodology, secure all statutory approvals, and oversee the construction phase through to delivery and completion.
It was determined that Option 3 provided the only means through which delivery of the scheme approved by Cabinet in September 2019 could be secured.

Publication date: 08/10/2020

Date of decision: 30/09/2020