Decision details

Procurement Strategy for a works contract for spandrel panel replacement and associated works on four high-rise blocks

Decision Maker: Strategic Director of the Economy Department

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Approval of this procurement strategy is required to enable the continuation of a programme to replace insulated panels forming part of the external walls of buildings, either fixed to masonry or incorporated into window frames. The intent of such panels is to provide thermal insulation and aesthetics but in some cases, whilst units will have been compliant with Building Regulations at the time of installation, the fire safety of these panels cannot be guaranteed. In such cases the replacement with A1-rated units is the appropriate course of action.


1.    To note that Appendix 1 is not for publication on the basis that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that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.    That the Strategic Director for Economy, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness, approves the procurement strategy to source a suitably experienced contractor via the South East Consortium Fire Safety Framework (External Fire Protection) (“SEC Framework”) to undertake spandrel panel replacement and associated works to four tower blocks. The contract is expected to be for 56 weeks, with an estimated start date of 23 September 2024 and completion in October 2025.


Reasons for the decision:

This procurement strategy is submitted for approval by the Strategic Director, in consultation with the Cabinet Member, in accordance with paragraph 18 of Contract Standing Orders (`CSOs`).


Approval of the strategy will allow officers to initiate a tender process to secure an appropriate contractor to carry out these essential works.

Alternative options considered:

Option1 – Do Nothing.

Option 2 – Carry out an open tender.

Option 3 – Use existing South East Consortium (SEC) Framework. This is the preferred option.

Publication date: 22/04/2024

Date of decision: 21/03/2024

Effective from: 26/04/2024

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