Friday, 7 March 2014

Refurbishment to start at Council HQ

A Stevenston company has won a £1.3m contract to refurbish part of North Ayrshire Council’s headquarters in Irvine.

James Frew Ltd saw–off five other bidders to secure the work that will see a major upgrade to the ground floor and second floor east-wing of Cunninghame House. The work follows a ‘first phase’ of the Council's ‘office accommodation rationalisation and modernisation strategy’, which involved refurbishment of Bridgegate House adjacent to Irvine Cross. Once ‘first phase’ work was complete, staff from the Council’s Revenues and Benefits section transferred to Bridgegate House, allowing the local authority to progress to the next phase involving the internal refurbishment of Cunninghame House.

A Council spokesperson said, “Completion of the Cunninghame House refurbishment project will facilitate the disposal of other operational property assets, including the sale of buildings and land at Perceton House [which will] deliver recurring revenue savings.”

The Council carried out a formal tender exercise in relation to the latest phase of refurbishment works, which resulted in 33 expressions of interest. Fourteen of the companies subsequently submitted a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire. From that group, six companies were invited to tender, with James Frew Ltd securing the work as the lowest bidder at £1,301,839.

Work at Cunninghame House is due to begin later this month and is expected to take around 6 months.

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