7. Who will carry out the redevelopment work?
The Council considered various options to deliver the redevelopment of the Port, which ranged from selling the land on the open market, and not having any further involvement in the site, to redeveloping the site itself. The decision was to follow a middle position to seek a developer partner to work with the Council to see the ambitious vision for the Port realised.
As a public body, the Council is required to follow the European Procurement Rules, which have been enshrined in UK procurement legislation (so will not change with Brexit). Expressions of interest will be sought, interested parties shortlisted and the shortlisted bidders taken through an Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) competitive dialogue process. Competitive dialogue is a public-sector tendering option that allows for bidders to develop alternative proposals in response to a client’s outline requirements. Only when their proposals are developed to sufficient detail are tenderers invited to submit competitive bids. The aims are to increase development quality by encouraging innovation and to maintain competitive pressure in bidding for complex contracts.
The rules for the process are set out in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and need to be adhered to closely as any divergence could leave the Council open to legal challenge, which can be very expensive and time consuming to respond to. The process must adhere to the core principles of fairness, transparency, non-discrimination and proportionality.
Once the bids have been developed to sufficient detail, tenderers will be invited to submit competitive bids by providing responses to the Council’s tender evaluation criteria. These will be scored by officers with specialist knowledge in those topic areas together with the Council’s consultants. This will result in a preferred bidder the details of which will be presented to members for approval as our partner.
The process will take about 9 months to complete.