Issue - meetings
Strategic Property Considerations
This report provides an update on various strategic property matters.
(1) Delegate authority to the Operational Director for Environmental Services, in consultation with the Chair of the Trust Committee, to appoint an architect for the initial options appraisal of the Barham Park Building at 660 Harrow Road, Wembley, HA0 2HB and for the procurement for the appointment of an architect to be carried out pursuant to Contract Standing Order 86.
(2) Delegate authority to the Operational Director for Environmental Services to seek the approval of the Council to meet the cost of the architect’s report as aforementioned from Council resources.
(3) Delegate authority to the Operational Director for Environmental Services in consultation with the Chair of the Trust Committee for officers to prepare a financial strategy for the Barham Park Trust once the options appraisal has been completed.
(4) Following the decisions of the Trust Committee of 1 September 2021, to delegate authority to the Operational Director for Environmental Services regarding the letting of Unit 7 of the Barham Park Building and the lease renewals regarding Units 2 and 8 of the Barham Park Building, to agree for the Trust not to enter into new leases in respect of Units 2, 7 and 8 of the Barham Park Building pending the completion and consideration of the options appraisal of the architect and thereafter, to agree for the Operational Director Environmental Services to decide on the way forward regarding those three units.
Chris Whyte, Operational Director Environmental Services, introduced a report providing an update on various strategic property matters relating to the Barham Park Trust and Estate. In presenting the report members were reminded of the range of issues and conditions currently impacting the efficient running of the Estate. These involved a number of challenges relating to the condition of its buildings and the way these could be utilised, modernised and managed whilst also taking account of the specific needs of occupiers, users, the community, wider environment and level of financial resources available.
Having authorised officers (in September 21) to prepare a financial strategy in respect of the Trust, approval was now being sought to the appointment of an architect in order to lead development of a more holistic options appraisal relating to the feasibility of improvements to the buildings comprising the Estate and impact on current occupation uses and tenancies. The cost identified for the architectural services required had been £25,000 which it was proposed to fund from the Council’s Capital Programme rather than directly by the Trust, given the existing commitments on its available restricted and unrestricted funds.
In considering the proposal, members also noted the update provided in relation to the current position regarding the status of the lease negotiations relating to Units 2, 7 and 8, as detailed within section3 of the report, following the decisions made at the previous Trust Committee meeting on 1 September 2021. Given the proposed decision now being sought in relation to the appointment of an architect it was also recommended that work to progress the leases in respect of each unit be put on hold pending the outcome and careful consideration of the more detailed and holistic options appraisal process.
The following comments were then highlighted by members in relation to the update provided:
· Members thanked officers for arranging the site visit, which it was felt had been helpful in highlighting the issues and challenges needing to be addressed in relation to the Estate and buildings and need for a more holistic approach in terms of the programme of work and improvements required. Members were therefore supportive of what they felt was the positive approach outlined within the report in seeking to develop a more comprehensive vision for the improvements required, which would not only reflect ... view the full minutes text for item 5