At the Croydon Social Economy Forum meeting on 25 February Council officers assured those present that Social Value criteria would be seen to have a more prominent role in future tendering, which would be of benefit to social enterprises.
This seems to be the case with the latest round of major contract awards to the private sector for facilities management being considered by the Cabinet on Monday 21 March, but not in the case of other contracts. Together the contracts are worth £ms.
Two substantial facilities management contracts costing to two companies from 3 July. One will provide Hard (Mechanical and Electrical) Services to Council land and buildings at an annual contract value of between £3m and up to £5m (maximum). The second will provide Hard (Building Maintenance) Services to Council land and buildings at an annual contract value of between £1m and up to £2.5m (maximum). Both will be for an initial period of 5 years with options to extend for a further 1 + 1 years up to a maximum period of 7 years.
The contracts will be managed in-house managing the risk and ensuring ‘that the maintenance regime, reactive repairs and capital investment programme are fit for purpose and align to the Council’s objectives and priorities. This model will enable the Council to generate further saving opportunities in future years, through targeted investment, improved property management and decision making on all property and FM matters in line with the Corporate Asset Management Strategy.’
Social Value Aspect
The Cabinet report states: ‘The Council together with the appointed service providers will jointly deliver a contract providing a range of benefits including demonstrable value for money; a contractual commitment to the London Living Wage and an ambitious social value offer aiming to benefit both local businesses and local people. This appointed service provider’s offers includes new apprenticeships for each year of the contract, a contractual target to employ a high percentage of the staff working on the contract from within the borough, work placement opportunities and training for local people. There is also a contractual commitment to engage with local SME’s through the sponsorship of exhibitions, local sub contract opportunities and a tendering advice service.’
The report on other contracts awarded under delegated powers does not mention Social Value.
These contracts are:
Best Start – Early Learning Collaboration for a maximum contract term of 3 years at £1,188,851
Provision of Electronic Payment Services for a maximum contract term of 3 years at £630,000.
Award of construction contract for temporary teaching facilities and an enabling works package to the site of the proposed Harris Academy at Purley Way, Waddon at £1,670,000.
Provision of Pensions Admin Software at £1.2m
Planned Maintenance Improvements (PMI) Transition Strategy: Mechanical Contract Extension Contract end date 12 January 2021 .Estimated value of extension £3m-11m
Planned Maintenance Improvements (PMI) Transition Strategy: Electrical Contract Extension as per the terms of the contract. Contract end date 14 November 2016 at £1.8m
Planned Maintenance Improvements (PMI) Transition Strategy: Windows Contract Extension as per the terms of the contract. Contract end date 20 December 2016 at £1.8m
Pre-Construction Services Agreement for ARK Oval Primary Academy 1 FE expansion at £300,283.
Quantity Surveying Services to support the 2017 Primary School Expansion Programme at £100,821.
Project Manager & Employers Agent Services to support the 2017 Primary School Expansion Programme at £246,609.
Chargeable Garden Waste Service – procurement of bins at £396,000.