Blackpool Council

Background Info

During 2012 Blackpool Council undertook a competitive exercise to appoint a development partner to deliver a £50m distinctive residential–led neighbourhood scheme in the Rigby Road Area of Blackpool. The development partnership includes delivery of 400 new homes to appeal to a range of families and smaller households and development of new public open space to introduce green infrastructure to the urban area. The appointed bidder was Hollinwood Homes.

What did you do?

As part of the PQQ process the following question was asked in order to determine Bidders attitudes to delivering social benefits. Please provide details of contracts carried out recently (within the last 5 years) or currently ongoing, by the Organisation of a similar scale or nature to those which are involved here in Blackpool. Organisations should provide details of experience in the following areas: • Provision of local jobs and training including apprenticeship / work experience and examples of local labour market and supply chain co-ordination • Other benefits including approach to corporate social responsibility, sustainability, travel plans etc….

Further at ITT stage a response to the following method statement is requested: Maintenance, Management and Legacy Strategy: This requires a response which describes your approach in leaving a lasting legacy, both in terms of the management of physical assets and how you intend to maximise the cultural and economic benefits for the people of Blackpool. This may include but is not limited to local labour schemes and apprenticeships

Blackpool Queens Park: Queens Park is a Blackpool Council-owned housing estate located in a prominent and convenient position only a short distance from the town centre and the beach. The estate covers an area of 2.97 hectares and currently consists of 495 residential units in5 tower blocks and a number of lower rise blocks. A decision has been taken by the Council to comprehensively redevelop the estate into a safe and attractive place inhabited by a balanced and sustainable community. Over a period of approximately 7 years the whole estate will be demolished in phases and replaced with low-rise housing, public and private spaces and community facilities.

How did this affect understanding and/or achievement of social value?

At ITT stage the requirement to achieve local benefits has been made clear to bidders. The redevelopment of the Queens Park estate represents a wonderful opportunity for Blackpool residents to take advantage of any apprenticeships and training opportunities that the project can generate. The Council has existing strong links with local organisations including ‘Blackpool Build-up’, Blackpool & Fylde College and Lancashire County Council who provide training and development and which can be drawn on to provide potential candidates.

The Council is keen that Queens Park residents should have access to any employment or training opportunities available, including those of a much more informal or voluntary nature, and that their skills and experience can be tapped into. The Council has a preference that developers should use Blackpool Council’s Building Control service, and will expect Bidders to indicate their willingness to do so. The contracts between the Council and the selected developer will set out the opportunities that have been agreed between them at Stage 2 Bidders should provide an indication of their training / employment proposals for this particular project in their submissions

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