Decision details

Award of Contract under Contract Standing Order (CSO) 9.07.1c to Calfordseaden to provide Mechanical and Electrical Engineering services on the Sir Frederick Messer Estate, N15 6NP.

Decision Maker: Assistant Director for Housing

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To approve the following decisions:
1. To implement Contract Standing Order 9.07.1 (c), which provides that a Director may award, assign, or novate contracts valued at less than £500,000 (five hundred thousand pounds) for the purposes of appointing Calfordseaden to provide Mechanical and Electricall Engineering services to the Sir Frederick Messer Estate.

2. Award a contract to Calfordseaden for a total fee of £128,581 (including specialist advice) + VAT.

Reasons for the decision:

The Council requires a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer to take the scheme from RIBA stage 1- 3+ plus design guardian role RIBA stages 4 to 7 on the open ground to the Sir Frederick Messer Estate, N15 6NP.

Alternative options considered:

1. To require the Architect or Lead Designer to procure and appoint the Engineer, manage the design co-ordination and the fee payment process. However, due to the estimated construction value of the scheme, there were concerns that the above management process would add significant costs to the project. A direct appointment would also provide an independent voice to inform and optimise the design process. The commission is of a size that is financially attractive to a specialist discipline.
2. Another option considered was to appoint the consultancy via a framework. This was
deemed unsuitable as the value of the contract was likely to be under the OJEU
3. A third option considered was not to award this appointment at all. This would not however support the delivery of the Council’s Housing Delivery programme.

Publication date: 23/07/2021

Date of decision: 05/07/2021