Local firms will be able to bid for Workington leisure centre work
Last updated at 15:46, Friday, 14 March 2014
Allerdale council has denied an allegation that local firms have been prevented from building Workington’s new £9 million leisure centre.
Conservative councillor Tony Markley told a council meeting last week it had been brought to his attention that a major construction company, which he later confirmed was Flimby-based Thomas Armstrong, had not been given the chance to tender for work on the project.
He questioned why it had not had the opportunity to tender for local construction jobs and a chance to secure local employment and the West Cumbrian economy.
The council this week said building work for the project had not yet been put out to tender, and companies would have the opportunity to bid for it later this year.
The council has opted to use the Scape framework, owned by a group of local authorities in the North East and Midlands, to provide the new centre on The Cloffocks.
It was chosen because it is quicker and has cheaper overheads than other schemes and features a contractual obligation to include local companies.
Thirty per cent of the build budget must be spent within 10 miles and 75 per cent to be spent within 40 miles.
The framework comes with its own supplier, Willmott Dixon.
For this project, that firm has contracted Scottish company Robertson to head up the building project.
Paul Shackley, corporate director at Allerdale council, said Robertson, which led the building of the recently opened Cockermouth community hospital, would contract out most of the work on the site.
He said it was arranging a series of meet-the-buyer events, due to take place next month, for prospective contractors to find out more about the work available on the leisure centre site.
Any companies interested in working on the project can contact the council to be added to a list of firms to be contacted when tendering begins.
Mr Shackley said that tendering would not start until the council’s executive had agreed the final design and price for the project and entered into a contract under Scape.
Robertson’s role will be to oversee the project, not to do all the building work.
Mr Shackley said: “Local companies will be given the opportunity to get involved and carry out work for the project, which is very important, and the council will make sure that they know when these events are.”
Some parts of the building project, such as the swimming pools, may have to be undertaken by specialist companies from outside the area, he added.
First published at 14:57, Friday, 14 March 2014
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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This is prof for you LISA.
LISA I am a person who thinks and researches in things . I do not take what is said by people who think they have power as the truth all the time.The CLOFFOCKS is a flood plain and should be used as a green area (ALLOTMENTS,FARMING and Green SPORTS ) Not built on. The peoples view in the referendum was outstanding "NO" and the PAPERS VOTE BELOW proves my point.Should Allerdale council push ahead with plans for a new sports centre in Workington?
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