Decision details

Whole-home zero-carbon retrofit award of contract

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Contract Award report to award a contract to a provider of whole-house retrofit for 27 properties in West Kensington, as part of a part-GLA funded pilot aimed at radical improvement in energy efficiency in line with LBHF Climate Change goals. Approved procurement strategy is to procure via an Innovation Partnership run by GLA. This procurement will culminate in late May with a provider being matched with LBHF.


That the Cabinet Member for Housing


1.    Notes that Appendix A is exempt from disclosure on the grounds that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information) under paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).


2.    Approves the award of the Responsive Capital contract to Engie Regeneration Limited from November 2021 to September 2022, for a total potential value of £2,410,000.


Reasons for the decision:

To support the decarbonisation of 28 properties on the West Kensington estate – a valuable first step in achieving the Council’s Climate Emergency objectives.


Alternative options considered:

1.    Option 1: Sign a contract with Engie Regeneration Limited. The advantages of this option are that the design phase of the pilot can be mobilised straight away and the project can stay on track to deliver the retrofit works within allotted time period. By using the supplier provided by us through the Innovation Partnership, LBHF will be able to draw down the 40% project grant funding. The only disadvantages would be if LBHF had any concerns about the contractors that we have been matched with, and this is not the case.


2.    Option 2: Do not sign a contract with Engie Regeneration Limited. This would cause a lot of disadvantages in terms of delaying, possibly terminating, the retrofit pilot on the West Kensington estate and would lose LBHF access to the 40% funding. There would only be advantages if LBHF felt it could procure a better value contractor through its own competitive tender process, but the Procurement Strategy already considered this option and determined it was not a viable one for LBHF to pursue.


3.    Option 3: Seek a different contractor from the GLA Innovation Partnership. This may be possible if LBHF has reason not to want to use Engie Regeneration Limited, though LBHF would need a very good reason, and none has been identified. The terms of the Innovation Partnership and the call-off contract already enable LBHF to exit the contract at the end of the design phase if LBHF does not want to purse the design solution produced by Engie Regeneration Limited. In these circumstances the Innovation Partnership would attempt to find another contractor for LBHF, to prepare another design.



Publication date: 13/12/2021

Date of decision: 12/12/2021

Effective from: 16/12/2021

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