Track Record: Leisure & Culture Procurements

  • Rushcliffe: We have recently completed a contract extension, variation and full replacement of the contract and leases with Parkwood. This was part of the Council’s exciting and ambitious £15 million redevelopment which enhanced sports provision in the borough, built a new Civic complex fit for a modern Council and reduced the Council’s on-going costs. We carried out the legal work for the open market leisure centre procurement in 2007 in conjunction with Strategic Leisure.

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  • Powys: implemented an open market procurement of the Council’s leisure centres and drafted the contract and leases working closely with V4 consultants. This delivers significant capital investment of about £2.5 million via prudential borrowing, will deliver a 32% greater reduction in funding over 15 years than the original target and was a finalist in the Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year category for local government in the GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Wales 2016/17.

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  • Shropshire: having supported the Council in the procurement of five directly operated leisure centres in 2011/12 via a competitive process, we have since advised the Council on a contract variation and consultation process focussing on the future of swimming provision in Shrewsbury. The service transfer was to a newly created charitable industrial and provident society (now a registered society) promoted by Serco Leisure, with Serco as its commercial partner via a modern set of partnership documents which we drafted, working with Strategic Leisure. These included provision for the associated £1 million pound plus refurbishment programme and provision of new fitness equipment paid for by the Council.

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  • Neath Port Talbot: implemented robust property and contractual arrangements for future delivery of the Council’s leisure and arts in partnership with Celtic Leisure and also worked on the early stages of an adult care project for the Council. We delivered the initial transfer to Celtic for the Council in 2003.

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  • Vale of Glamorgan: we drafted the legal documents for the leisure centre procurement and associated multi-million pound refurbishment programme and supported the procurement, which delivered very significant revenue savings, with Strategic Leisure and have advised the Council on follow up issues. The project was considered an example of good practice in the published report by the Wales Audit Office, Delivering with Less - Leisure Services.

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  • Nuneaton and Bedworth: supporting the Council in relation to their two separate open market procurements of leisure centres and sports development. The leisure centres have transferred to SLM and the sports development contract has been won in-house. We also advised on the transfer to the outgoing trust operator in 2003/04.

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  • Selby: supporting the Council in varying and extending its existing procured arrangements with its contractor, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) as a consequence of the fire at Abbey Leisure Centre and the building of a replacement leisure centre by the Council. The Council competitively procured its current partnership with WLCT in 2009 with our assistance and that of Strategic Leisure.

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  • Procurements of theatre and entertainment venues: supported the procurement of two abortive local authority procurements of an operator to run theatre and entertainment venues.

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  • Other open market procurements which we have delivered include Rugby; which was a re-procurement; West Dorset, Plymouth (where we were replacement external solicitors to assist in the final stages of its competitive dialogue); North Dorset, Northumberland (Berwick facility); Hertsmere golf course externalisation (competitive dialogue) and many more.

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