KEY ACTIVITIES PROGRESSED TO DATE
A brief for the procurement of expert consultants to support this work has been prepared by the City Council planning team in conjunction with GCP staff. The purpose is to procure a consultancy that can offer through its supply chain both urban designers with an international reputation and proven skills in stakeholder and community engagement.
Procurement is now underway using the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Multi-Disciplinary framework. The programme has a number of stages:
- Expression of interest stage (complete) – 8 bidders expressed interest
- Sifting stage (complete) – 7 bidders have submitted responses from which 5 have been selected to proceed to the next stage
- Full brief stage (ongoing) – the five bidders are currently preparing their written responses which will be evaluated in late Feb/early Mar
- Interview stage – this is scheduled for 8 Mar 18
- Selection of successful bidder
We expected to select the preferred bidder in March. Once appointed, the combined team of city planners and GCP staff will work with the consultants to develop the detailed programme of work.
There has been some early stakeholder engagement which the project expects to build upon following the appointment of the consultancy team. Key highlights include:
- Cambridge Past, Present and Future (CPPF) event on 13 Jan 18 at which a high level of interest and engagement was demonstrated by attendees
- Representatives from CPPF and FeCRA have been invited to take part in the interview stage of the procurement for the consultancy organisation. These representatives along with Smarter Cambridge Transport have also been invited to provide comment on the procurement brief.
- Some names have been put forward for a reference group. However, significant further work is required to ensure that this group includes representatives from the wide range of stakeholders who will be impacted by the SPD. This will be progressed with the consultants once appointed.
A project manager is required to support this work (including the proposed Market Square initiative). The recruitment of a project manager during Jan/Feb 18 has proved unsuccessful. Interim arrangements are in place to maintain momentum until the project manager is in place.