Decision details

Heathlands Redevelopment

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


For the Executive to approve the decision to appoint the contractor, in line with the procurement plan, for the RIBA Stage 3 design which will enable the Council to submit a planning application and progress with costings for the enabling/main works stages. The report also provides an update on the principles of Provider arrangements.


      i)        That the award of a contract for the pre-construction services for the Heathlands redevelopment be approved to Tenderer A which is within the budget approved by the Executive in March 2019


     ii)        That the Council continues to work in partnership with the East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust to confirm provider arrangements through continued discussions to agree and formalise partnership arrangements to operate the EMI nursing care beds.


   iii)        That a flexible approach should be taken to the management of void beds in the first 2 years of operation of a new Heathlands facility, including permitting alternative Health and social care uses of one or more wings in the building so long as these would not conflict with its prime on-going purposes of providing nursing care for residents with EMI needs and intermediate care services.


   iv)        That a further report be presented setting out detailed partnership arrangements that consider and allocate risk and reward appropriately between the various parties prior to approving the main works contract.


Reasons for the decision:

Council agreed at its meeting on 27 February 2019 to include a budget of £10.95m in the capital programme for redevelopment of the former Heathlands residential care home, and a business case was considered and approved by the Executive in March 2019.  The recommended tender for design and pre-construction services is affordable within the budget previously approved and the procurement plan agreed by the Executive.

There continues to be evidence that Bracknell lacks local provision for dementia nursing care that has the ability to cater for those with more complex needs.

A partnership agreement of some form will be most appropriate to set out the roles and responsibilities of each organisation rather than a simple contract for services.  It is anticipated that the scheme could realise improvements in the following areas:

- Health and social care integration
- Workforce stability and upskilling
- Outcomes for residents
- Market control and stabilisation
- Continued improvement across the system


Alternative options considered:

The alternative options were detailed in the Executive Director: People and Director: Finance's report and involve exempt information.


Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Financial Impact: The project requires capital funding for the proposed new facilities including contribution from the NHS. Start up and operational costs have been modelled.

Making Representations: In writing to the Director: Finance

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Meetings and email consultation with key partners.


East Berkshire CCG, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust for and the Local Planning Authority.

Contact: Nikki Edwards, Executive Director: People Email: Tel: 01344 354182, Stuart McKellar, Executive Director: Resources Email: Tel: 01344 352205.

Report author: Nikki Edwards

Publication date: 24/09/2019

Date of decision: 24/09/2019

Decided at meeting: 24/09/2019 - Executive

Effective from: 02/10/2019

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