Decision details

Authority to Enter into a Pre-Construction Services Agreement (PCSA) with a Contractor to Progress the Town Hall Refurbishment and Fit-Out Contract

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for the Economy

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


This report recommends that a Pre-Construction Services Agreement (PCSA) is entered into for the completion of the technical design (RIBA Stage 4) for the refurbishment and fit-out of the Town Hall. The budget has already been approved by Cabinet and Full Council. This recommendation on the report is to confirm appointment of the Contractor which will need drawdown on the approved budget of £2.8m.


That the Council enters into a Pre-Construction Services Agreement (PCSA) with Ardmore Construction Limited to provide pre-construction services to the Council for the development of design of the Town Hall refurbishment and fit out as set out in `Contract A` the refurbishment of the existing Grade 2 Listed Building plus the fit out of the Town Hall (including Cat B fit out of the glass box vertical extension).


Reasons for the decision:

In December 2018, Cabinet approved the overall budget for the West Kings Street Renewal programme and agreed that a JV would be formed with A2Dominion. Following a contractor procurement exercise through the A2Dominion Contractor framework, the contractor, Ardmore, has been successful in the procurement. However, to enable stage one of a two-stage procurement process to commence formally, the JV is required to enter into a PCSA for Contract B and the Council is required to enter into a PCSA for Contract A.


For the avoidance of doubt, this approval is only for the commencement of pre- construction services between March and July 2020. A further approval will be requested to enter into the main construction contract once design and costs have been agreed in July 2020.


Alternative options considered:

As described in the report.


Publication date: 18/05/2020

Date of decision: 17/05/2020

Effective from: 21/05/2020

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