Decision details

Approval for extension of the consultancy contract with Bristow Consulting for the 551B High Road project.

Decision Maker: Head of Programme Management

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


For the Head of Programme Management to approve the variation of the Contract for QS/EA services with Bristow Consulting to include Network Rail engagement and form submissions and a construction management plan, as allowed under the Council’s Standing Orders (CSO) 10.02.1(a).
The value of the variation is £28,360 (+VAT) bringing the total value of the contract to £85,021 (+VAT).

Reasons for the decision:

This contract extension is required to ensure
that Network Rail engagement and form
submissions progress in line with programme,
and to discharge a planning condition relating to
construction management.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1
Not to extend the contract and
carry out a new procurement exercise
through the DPS:the programme would not meet the deadlines applied by the Greater London Authority and the Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government. A new procurement exercise would also mean that the extensive site and technical knowledge of the proposals developed by Bristow Consulting at
earlier stages would not be available. Given the
highly challenging nature of the project, this would risk its deliverability and quality outputs.

Option 2
Not to appoint a Network Rail Interface and use an in house project manager instead: the project is highly complex, located adjacent to a Network Rail embankment and TFL red route. Bristow Consulting provide the required specialist skills and expertise to
deliver the requirements set out by Network

Publication date: 21/10/2021

Date of decision: 20/10/2021