Stage 1: Initial Expressions of Interest and 1st Round Shortlisiting

The EOI submission phase will run from Monday 16th January 2017 until 28th February.  It will allow potential partners to respond to the EOI criteria, outlining their vision for Ladywell Playtower, considering development feasibility and identifying local need. A round 1 shortlisting exercise will be used to feedback to successful partners, identifying those best suited to progress to the next bidding round. This round 1 bidder selection process will take place between the end of February and middle of March.

Stage 2: Method Statement Submission and Round 2 Bidder Selection

The method statement submission phase will run from the end of March to the middle of July. This stage will collect in-depth method statements and detailing from potential partners, scoping: development deliverability and feasibility, timescales, funding options, community and heritage value etc. A round 2 shortlisting exercise will evaluate submissions and provide feedback. It will culminate with the appointment of a preferred provider in the Autumn of 2017.

Stage 3: Planning and Construction

This stage encompasses the attainment of planning consent and funding, finalising designs, construction works tendering and the commencement of building. Bringing this disused asset back to its former glory is predicted to cost around £4/5 million, with project completion estimated to be no sooner than the summer of 2019. At least a 2 year planning and construction phase will be required.

See indicative timings below:

Stage 1

Opportunity Live: 16th January
Viewings: 10th & 17th February
EOI Deadline: 28th February
Round 1 Selection: End of Feb – Middle of March

Stage 2

Invitation for Detailed Method Statements: End of March
Round 2 Deadline: Middle of July
Bidder Selection : Autumn 2017