Procuring a Delivery Partner
In January 2016 we began the search for a skilled and experienced development partner to help us deliver the regeneration scheme in the years ahead. This is a competitive selection process with several companies submitting bids which must be assessed in accordance with European Union (EU) procurement law. The process is lengthy and complex, taking approximately a year to complete.
According to the EU rules, each bid had to be treated in confidence to avoid giving any company an advantage. With a development project as complicated, large-scale and sensitive as this, it was vital that every detail was carefully scrutinised to identify the best possible partner.
A joint venture approach
We will look to create a ‘joint venture’ with the selected partner specifically for the purpose of taking forward the development.
The joint venture process means that we will have greater control over the project and will be in a better position to protect and enhance residents’ interests and deliver the regeneration objectives. This was considered the most appropriate approach given the size and complexity of the Winstanley and York Road regeneration, and the lengthy timescale it will take to deliver.
Strict European Union procurement and competition rules limits the amount of information that can be published during the procurement period.
Our site office in Pennethorne Square / 10 Lavender Road has been open throughout the procurement to ensure residents can continue to ask questions and consider their rehousing options. Residents can drop in or make appointments to meet with specific team members.
We hosted a public exhibition on the estate in July 2016, as part of the Get Active Battersea festival. Bidders were asked to clearly explain their experience of working with local residents in other similar estate renewal schemes, to provide examples of practice that has worked, and to give clear, measurable commitments to involving local people throughout the ongoing regeneration process. Find out more about the information boards displayed by the 3 remaining bidders as well as those exhibited by us which introduce the whole process.
Preferred bidder to joint venture partner
Taylor Wimpey was selected as the preferred bidder at the February 2017 Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee, see Paper 17-66. Until contracts are agreed, we are unable to advise on details of the phasing plan for development. However, the joint venture intends to present the phasing plan at the earliest opportunity.
First planning application
The first task of the new joint venture partnership will be to draw up a planning application for the first phase of the development. We want residents to play a full role in that process, as by this stage the restrictions of the selection process will no longer apply.
Residents will be asked to share their thoughts and ideas about the design of their new homes. To help them do this, we will be running a series of free workshops where they will be able to learn about design standards and the planning and development processes. Topics that will be included are property sizes, kitchen layouts, balconies, cycle and refuse stores, types of heating, and adaptable flats.