Decision details


Decision Maker: Strategic Director of the Economy Department

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Appointment of the recommended Lead Architect for the White City Central scheme.


The Strategic Director for the Economy is recommended:


1.    To approve that Appendix 1 is not for publication on the basis that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information) as set out in paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).


2.    To appoint Mae Architects Ltd (Mae) as the Lead Architect to head the Consultancy Team (identified below at 1.4) for the White City Central scheme.


3.    To note that the decision to appoint Mae has been made in consultation with members of the White City Residents’ Advisory Panel (WCRAP).


Reasons for the decision:

Option 1 – Strategic Director for The Economy in consultation with Cabinet Member for Economy and the Arts to appoint Mae as the Lead Architect for the White City Central scheme.


Option 2 – do not appoint Mae as the Lead Architect for the White City Central scheme and carry out a new procurement exercise.


Option 3 – do not appoint Mae as the Lead Architect, leaving the White City Central scheme without a Lead Architect to work up design proposals.


Option 1 has been recommended as the preferred approach. The Council’s priorities are still aligned in delivering new Council housing and modern and fit-for-purpose community facilities in the borough and the procurement process has produced a good result in compliance with Council’s Contract Standing Orders.


Alternative options considered:

The appointment of the Lead Architect will enable the Council to design proposals for a viable planning application enabling the final business cases for each project to be determined.


Publication date: 04/09/2020

Date of decision: 03/09/2020

Effective from: 09/09/2020

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