[Report of the Director of Housing, Regeneration and Planning. To be introduced by the Cabinet Member for Finance and Strategic Regeneration.]
The Public Realm Scheme will deliver Sustainable Urban Drainage (SUDs), introduction of segregated cycle lanes, improved surfacing, street lighting and minimise maintenance costs in the long term.
The Cabinet Member for Finance and Strategic Regeneration introduced this report which sought approval for the award by Cabinet of the Ferry Lane Public Realm Scheme contract, following a competitive tendering exercise, to Bidder 1 for a total value of £913,115.61 as permitted under CSO 9.07.01(d).
The Cabinet Member noted the ambition for the scheme was for it to be an exemplar project where pedestrian and cycle access was a priority. The improvements that arose from the scheme would benefit local residents.
In response to questions from Cllr Brabazon and Cllr das Neves, the following information was provided:
Further to considering exempt information at item 31,
Reasons for decision
The appointment of the preferred bidder will enable the Council to deliver significant highway and public realm improvements for residents in accordance with the Council’s Green and Open Spaces Strategy for Tottenham Hale.
Officers have undertaken a tendering exercise to secure a contractor to deliver the Ferry Lane Public Realm scheme. Through this process, Bidder 1 have demonstrated that they should be awarded the contract.
In awarding the contract to Bidder 1, the Council is securing delivery of the Ferry Lane Public Realm Scheme.
The scheme will deliver Sustainable Urban Drainage (SUDs), introduction of segregated cycle lanes, improved surfacing, street lighting and minimise maintainenance costs in the long term. There is community support for the project as established through the consultation process.
Alternative options considered
Option 1: Do nothing
Pursuing this option would fail to address the lack of a clear link between Tottenham Hale, The Paddock and The Walthamstow Wetland Centre. It would also fail to resolve the safety concerns around cyclists using the main carriageway with minimal protection. Option not recommended.
Option 2 Direct Award to Term Maintenance Contractor
This option was discounted since the current term Contract expired in October 2019 and it was considered more cost effective to test the market by undertaking a competitive procurement process to secure the most economically advantageous tender to the Council.
Option 3 In-house delivery
This option was discounted as the Council currently do not have the requisite in-house resource and expertise to construct the Scheme.