LED PHASE 2 PROJECT – CONTRACT AWARD AND APPOINTMENT OF SPECIALIST ADVISORS TO PROVIDE PROJECT MANAGEMENT SUPPORT
Decision Maker: Leader of the Council
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
Further to the report to Cabinet on 16th July
2018 that gained approval for the funding and procurement strategy
to deliver the LED Phase 2 Street Lighting project (Minute 9
refers), this report seeks approval to award the construction
contract to the preferred tenderer as well as approval to appoint
professional advisors to provide project management support.
In the absence of a Cabinet meeting during August and bearing in mind the urgent timescale for progressing with this contract award, it is proposed that this decision is made by the Leader of the Council.
The LED Phase 2 Street Lighting project directly supports the Wirral Plan Pledge to ‘deliver transport and technology infrastructure fit for the future’ and is a Key Decision affecting all Wards on the Forward Plan.
(i) the award of the LED Phase 2 construction contract in the tender sum of £9,290,896.23to SSE Enterprise who scored 95.43% of the tender evaluation matrix as set out in section 4.0 be approved; and
(ii) the appointment of advisors, subject to completion of Contract Procedure Rules, to provide project management support up to a value of £370,000 as set out in section 5.0 be approved.
Reasons for the decision:
Street lighting is an important element of the transport network because of the safety and confidence it brings to road users. Wirral Council is committed to improving the efficiency of its services and new LED technology enables the street lighting service to minimise future energy use and reduce carbon emissions. Investment in this highway infrastructure is required to ensure that the Council maintains a fit for purpose asset in accordance with nationally accepted asset management principles.
Alternative options considered:
Do Nothing: this option has been rejected as street lighting assets are in poor condition due to lack of previous investment resulting in significant deterioration and subsequent high maintenance revenue spending. Lack of investment increases the Council’s exposure to third party insurance claims as well as poor public perception regarding street lighting provision.
Publication date: 13/08/2019
Date of decision: 13/08/2019
Effective from: 21/08/2019