Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is contracting for the construction of a new playground area within the existing bowls green at Calverley Grounds. The Calverley Adventure Grounds project is a community-led and funded scheme, designed and fundraised through the local community, with the support of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. Many local businesses, community groups, individuals and families have worked together to make the scheme become a reality.
The contract will entail the installation of a play area in line with the designs already commissioned as well as any ground works required.
Kent County Council (the Council) is the largest county council in England covering an area of 3,500 square kilometres. It has an annual expenditure of over £900m on goods and services and a population of 1.3m. The Council provides a wide range of personal and strategic services on behalf of its residents, operating in partnership with 12 district councils and 305 parish/town councils. The Council is responsible for maintaining over 8700km of carriageways and 6300km of footways across the County.
The Council’s current Highways Term Maintenance Contract is due to expire on the 31st August 2018 and as part of the Commissioning Cycle, the Authority is keen to understand market conditions before it develops its procurement strategy. During the initial five year term, the average spend of the contract was £45m per annum, but with a challenging forecast in public sector funding, it is highly likely this will be less in the future. The current contract includes (but is not limited to) the following services:
Contractors who wish to express an interest must submit a brief overview of works and services they can provide. This is to be no more than three A4 pages (no less than font size 11) detailing their services, experience and past performance, previous clients and demonstrate what they could contribute should they be invited to take part in this market engagement exercise. The Council will use these submissions to select suitable organisations to be invited to the events. Information regarding the exercise will be communicated to the invited organisations including full details of the process.
The requested information must be submitted via the Kent Business Portal no later than 12pm (noon) on Thursday 9th March 2017. The Council will inform the selected organisations in preparation for the Market Engagement Events that will take place on the 20th, 21st, 29th and 30th March 2017. Organisations not invited as part of this process will not be precluded from applying to take part in the Council's chosen procurement strategy and updates on our findings will be shared in due course.
Should the Council decide to proceed with a procurement process for a contractor/’s to deliver these services, it is estimated that this will commence in the Autumn of 2017.