Decision details

291 Harrow Road - Multi-Discipline Consultant Team (MDCT) Appointment

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Regeneration and Renters

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Summary of Decision


The Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Regeneration and Renters has approved:


1.     The Council to enter into Professional Services contracts with a value greater than £300k totalling £4.84m to carry out design development., including the appointment of the following:

1.1.     Carter Gregson Gray as Architect (contract value £1.74m)

1.2.     Arcadis LLP as Project Manager (contract value £1.14m)

1.3.     Ward Williams Associates as Cost Consultant (contract value £606k)

1.4.     CR8 Structures as Structural and Civil Engineer (contract value £456k)

1.5.     Hoare Lea as Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Engineer (contract value £566k)

1.6.     Farrer Huxley as Landscape Architect (contract value £329k)


2.     The delegation of authority to the Executive Director of Regeneration, Economy and Planning (REP) to approve other Professional Services and associated costs totalling £3.44m. Where the Constitution does not allow for the Cabinet Member to delegate authority (namely for the award of Consultancy contracts with a value greater than £300,000).


3.     Additional expenditure of £796k to progress the scheme to Outline Business Case Part 2 (total expenditure £2.148m).


4.     The noting of the balance of expenditure under these contracts and other Professional Services and associated costs (totalling £6.128m) will come forward for approval once an OBC is concluded in 2025. A breakdown of the costs can be found in Appendix A (Financial Implications).


5.     The noting that any potential additional development options to be progressed beyond the feasibility stage options analysis (RIBA Stage 1) would be the subject of a separate decision which is required to return to CRG in consultation with the Cabinet Member for additional budget and expenditure approvals.


Reasons for Decision

The reason for the recommendation is to secure fees and appoint the design team to enable design development to be progressed and produce the Outline Business Case in Spring 2025.

In order to support design development, the following core MDCT consultants are required to provide technical and specialist support:

·       Architect

·       Project Manager

·       Cost Consultant

·       Structural & Civil Engineer

·       Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Engineer

·       Planning Consultant

·       Landscape Architect



Publication date: 06/12/2023

Date of decision: 06/12/2023

Effective from: 14/12/2023

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