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Thomas Becket Catholic School, a Secondary school located in Northampton with approximately 1 000 pupils require the services of an outsourced Catering contractor. It's proposed the contract will initially be for 3 years starting summer 2016 the school reserve the right to extend this agreement to 5 years in yearly intervals (3+1+1).
Thomas Becket Catholic School are part of the St Thomas of Canterbury Federation of schools which comprises of:
— Thomas Becket Catholic School;
— St Mary's Catholic Primary School;
— The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School;
— St Gregory's Catholic School;
Thomas Becket Catholic school are acting in the capacity of Lead Contracting Authority and are therefore purchasing for and on behalf of the schools contained within the Federation. While Thomas Becket Catholic School require the services of an outsourced catering contractor to start Summer 2016 the remaining schools reserve the right to join the resulting contract at an appropriate point in the future of the agreement.
Thomas Becket Catholic School are seeking to appoint a competent and effective Outsourced Catering Provider. It is the School's expectation that the supplier shall provide a range of good quality, nutritious, attractively presented meals for pupils and staff, that comply with Government's minimum nutritional and food based standards for the educational sector. Meals should reflect growth in healthy eating trends, promote uptake, and comply with the new Ofsted guidance for catering.
The supplier shall establish effective management and operational level communication systems at all levels regarding the catering service with customers that include; School management, parents, and pupils. In addition, the provider will also be responsible for all legal and health and safety and food safety requirements in delivering the services.
Chester Farm, the site and its buildings, comprises a nationally, regionally and locally significant heritage asset: the richness and complexity of the site is reflected in its designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, with some of the farm buildings and garden walls being Grade II and II* Listed. It comprises 34 hectares, lying in the Nene Valley and adjacent to the town of Wellingborough. The site is also located in an area of considerable wildlife and ecological interest within the recently created Nature Improvement Area and adjacent to a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The County Council is committed to making the site somewhere that people want to come; a place that through education, learning and enjoyment adds value to their lives, and helps them to appreciate Northamptonshire's outstanding heritage.
Key elements of the heritage at Chester Farm
— Evidence of settlement from at least Mesolithic times to date;
— Iron Age enclosures and ancient field systems below the ground;
— Roman settlement, including a Roman walled town dating from the 2nd century with extensive suburbs, a network of Roman roads, a number of cemeteries and a causeway across the adjoining flood plain;
— Medieval village of Chester by the Water including some evidence of its main street together with associated mill, open fields and meadows;
— Complex of farm buildings dating from the 17th century including the main Chester House (Grade II* listed) and barns (Grade II) with the remains of formal gardens, an orchard and parkland;
— Evidence of ironstone quarrying from the site in late 19th and early 20th century, including the remains of the lines of a tramway across the site;
— Countywide collections of archaeological artefacts (to be brought to the site from their current locations and safely housed and made accessible there).
The Requirement — Capital Works
It is envisaged that the capital works will consist of the following (in summary):
—Conservation and reinstatement of the main farm house — Chester House — with rooms converted for use as café and meeting space, together with a 2 bedroom dwelling.
— Conservation and conversion of the 17th century threshing barn for use as a conference, education and training venue, with associated buildings used to provide reception and catering facilities.
— Development of a number of historic barns and former workers' cottages into interpretation and information points.
— Development of historic farm buildings as education/learning space on 2 levels.
— Construction of a new building to house the county-wide archaeological archive resource centre.
— Development of two large modern barns and one smaller barn into office/retail space.
— Landscaping and car parking provision.
The Successful Contractor is expected to be on site in June 2016, with works completed by the end of March 2018.
It is difficult to predict the exact value of this contract, but it is anticipated to be be circa 85 000 000 GBP.
The contract that shall be used is the JCT standard building contract 2011 edition (with/without quantities to be advised) with NCC standard amendments.