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  • The project is now being actively progressed, and there is good collaboration between City Council and GCP staff.
  • A clear brief for the project has been agreed with the sponsor (Stephen Kelly).
  • The procurement of a consultancy organisation is underway, and the successful bidder is expected to be identified in March.
  • The recruitment of a project manager during Jan/Feb 18 has proved unsuccessful. However, interim arrangements to support the project are in place until permanent arrangements can be made.
  • The proposed Market Square project is included in the SPD work and will be delivered by the same team.
  • A firm schedule will be established once the consultancy organisation is in place.


The aim of the Spaces and Movement Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is to set out a ‘people centric’ strategy that steers and shapes future investment and decision making around public and private sector investments in the City in a way which emphasises people and maintaining a sense of place at the heart of the city’s development, and prioritises the enhancement of the city’s spaces, streets, cycleways and walkways in the context of increased use resulting from its phenomenal success and continuing growth.

The objectives of the SPD are:

  • To clearly articulate the current and future roles and functions of the city’s hierarchy of spaces, streets, cycleways and walkways, ensuring a strategic, holistic and integrated approach to long-term management;
  • To establish the key design principles for each classification, to be incorporated in the creation of new or improved spaces, streets, cycleways and walkways; and
  • To set out the delivery strategy, including inter-relationships with existing and planned City Access and other projects, priorities for further interventions, and immediate and longer-term funding options.



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.

Stakeholder Engagement

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.

Project Management

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.


An indicative budget of £150k was identified (from existing City Access budget) to cover the ‘core’ SPD development (excluding the Streetscape manual and the Market Square). A more detailed budget will be prepared once a consultant has been appointed.






Failure to procure a consultancy of sufficiently high standing resulting in a poor outcome and/or a loss of stakeholder confidence

The procurement brief and evaluation process have been designed to reduce this risk.   Key criteria include a supply chain covering both urban designers with an international reputation and proven skills in stakeholder and community engagement


The cost of the consultancy work exceeds expectations leading to delays or a poor outcome (if budget cannot be found)

The likely costs will only emerge during the procurement process. If costs are higher than expected, this will be escalated via standard governance processes


A suitably experienced project manager cannot be appointed resulting in a loss of project momentum

Continue interim arrangements by agreement with GCP.


  • Complete consultancy organisation procurement
  • Review project manager recruitment
  • Finalise project governance arrangements
  • Provide outline schedule (once consultancy organisation in place)