SACDC procure the design and construction directly appointing Drivers Jonas Deloiite and Strategic Leisure to assist in the process with Strategic Leisure providing specialist leisure and procurement advice where required.
The construction contract was procured following the design stage and was undertaken using the Restricted Procedure. The contract was eventually awarded to Wilmot Dixon for the construction with the facility designed by S & P Architects.
SACDC decided at an early stage to separate the procurement the construction of the facility and the procurement of an operator to manage the new leisure centre centre. There are a number of factors that went into the ultimate decision e.g.
The Council was funding the entire project.
The Council had a clear strategy and idea of the facility mix therefore the need to use the market to determine these was not necessary i.e. Design, Build, Fund and operate (DBFO) or Design, Build Operate and Maintain (DBOM).
By appointing the architect, project managers and construction company the Council
could have more control of the outcomes
For the operator contract, the Council had externalised the service nearly twenty years ago and therefore the decision to re procure for the new facility was straightforward. Again the Restricted Procedure is being used which simplifies the procurement process but does not allow for any negotiation of the final contract, what the Council includes in the Invitation to Tender is what the potential operator must deliver.
Whilst the construction contract has been let and the practical completion is due in the summer of 2012, the operator procurement process is at the pre tender stage with an anticipated selection of the operator in April 2012 allowing a minimum 3 months for mobilisation.
The Cotlandswick project, as it is a design and build project, has been procured through the Competitive Dialogue Procedure do to the Council being less prescriptive in terms of the facility mix and relying on the innovation of the leisure market to determine how the Council's aspirations could be delivered. This project is at the final bid stage and the Council is evaluating the final solutions presented.