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Chester-le-Street and Stanley Estate Project

Chester-le-Street and Stanley Estate Project

Following an enquiry from a member of the public the Police and Crime Commissioner has provided the following detail/information relating to the Chester-le-Street and Stanley Estate project.

What works have been carried out?

  • The refurbishment of Chester le Street is an enabling project to provide suitable accommodation for the relocation of some Crime and Justice functions from the existing Headquarters building in order to make required estate savings.  It has also enabled the Force to continue to provide neighbourhood and response services.
  • The works carried out included:
    • Asbestos removal
    • Creation of open plan workspaces
    • Upgrading heating plant
    • Upgrading electrical installation to increase power capacity
    • Providing fibre cabling for specialist users
    • Providing security barrier to rear yard
    • Removal and making good defective brickwork to parapet wall
  • Due to funding limitations, no cosmetic or welfare improvements were conducted. Showers and toilets remain original 1970s fittings.

How did we procure the main contractor?

  • The Force followed public sector regulations and tendered via the Bluelight e-procurement portal
  • There were 53 expressions of interest from companies
  • From these, 26 firms chose to submit a Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ)
  • The PQQs were rigorously evaluated with a scored matrix with feedback given to bidders
  • 6 bidders were shortlisted from PQQ and invited to submit tenders
  • Tenders were evaluated with an external Quantity Surveyor providing an analysis of cost process

What was the value of the contract?

  • Pre-tender estimate for works was £750,000 and the lowest tender was £735,222.75
  • The major issues affecting/inflating costs were as follows:
  • Asbestos stripping
  • Phased work (to keep building open to the public)
  • Specialist elements required to meet Home Office requirements
  • Much of building infrastructure has not received investment since construction in 1970s so needed replacement to increase capacity for computers etc

This project formed part of a wider estates project to ensure buildings are fit for purpose and are efficiently ran.

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Posted on Thursday 1st May 2014
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