In the wake of our story on the £1,073,000 being spent by Lambeth council on the Carnegie library building, Herne Hill – with the decision being approved by a single cabinet member unless it is ‘called in’ – News From Crystal Palace has been looking at other areas of council expenditure where decisions have been made by cabinet members or officers without the decision having to go to a committee unlike most, if not every, other council in England.
What follows is merely a snapshot. More areas of council spending will follow at later dates.
ESTATE REGENERATION (Council’s euphemism for demolishing and then rebuilding six council estates – Central Hill, Crystal Palace; Cressingham Gardens, Tulse Hill; Fenwick estate; Knights Walk estate; South Lambeth estate; Westbury estate, Clapham South.)
CENTRAL HILL ESTATE Independent Advice Services for Central Hill Estate – Contract Extension £78,000 PLUS £90,000
To approve a waiver to contract standing orders to extend and vary the contract with Airey Miller Partnership for Financial Appraisal Support until end of 2016 without competition of the contract for a maximum additional contract value of £78,000 (to take total contract value to £163,910) on the grounds that this is demonstrably in the Council’s best interests.
To approve a waiver to contract standing orders to extend and vary the contract with Airey Miller Partnership for Commercial and Programme Level Support until end of 2016 without competition of the contract for a maximum additional contract value of £90,000 (to take total contract value to £163,896) on the grounds that this is demonstrably in the Council’s best interests.
Client Adviser Contract for Estate Regeneration and Housing Delivery Programmes: £6,411,925
To approve the appointment of Airey Miller as the strategic commercial and technical adviser (client adviser) to help deliver the estate regeneration and housing delivery programmes for a fixed price of £6,411,925 to cover a five year contract, to commence work during May 2017 with an estimated completion date in 2022.
Officers delegated decision:
Contract waiver: £67,468
To note the spend to the Airey Miller Partnership LLP from March to April 2017 for an amount of £67,468.75, bringing the total contract sum to £147,681.25.
2.To waive the Council’s contract standing orders, which require a competitive tender process for contracts over £100,000, for work on the Knight’s Walk, South Lambeth and Westbury estates
Officers delegated decision:
Waiver to extend – Independent Advice Services for Cressingham Gardens: £49,300
To approve a waiver to contract standing orders requiring a competitive tender in order to extend the contract Strategic Urban Futures (StUF) to provide an independent resident advice service at Cressingham Gardens to 1st January 2018, in order to maintain continuity of service pending a re-tender of the service in early 2018 at a cost of £49,300. This extension will bring the total contract value to £121,700.
Estate Regeneration – Early Buy Back Funding: £19,737,000
To allocate £19,737,000 of funding, supported by borrowing, to fund the current pipeline of early buy backs as part of the estate regeneration programme.
Contract with legal services firms to assist with land assembly for estate regeneration projects:
To approve the appointment of Bircham Dyson Bell and Trowers & Hamlins as legal advisers to support the estate regeneration programme to run from September 2017 for five years. The estimated fees for each estate will average at around £200,000, making total contract value in the region of £1,200,000 split between the two appointed advisers. The appointment of Bircham Dyson Bell will take place with immediate effect, working on the leading estates.
Independent Advice Services for Central Hill Estate – Contract Extension £46,900
To grant a waiver to contract standing orders, which require competition for contracts over £100,000, in order to extend the contract with PPCR to provide independent advice to residents of Central Hill Estate by £46,900 to £130,000 for a period of up to 6 months. (From £83,100.)
Development Managment Team for Central Hill: £15,553,333
To appoint the Mace Group as the development management team for the redevelopment of Central Hill Estate for a total contract value of £15,553,333, with delegated authority given to the Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods & Growth to agree to progress of the project to any subsequent RIBA Stages of work in accordance with the proposals as set out in Section 2, where the first stage of work now committed will cost a maximum of £1,101,426.