Agenda and decisions

Venue: Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton

Contact: Carol Eddleston, Senior Democratic Services Advisor 

No. Item


Apologies for absence


Declarations of interest


To approve, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting held on 4th August 2021 pdf icon PDF 306 KB


Matters arising


Decision items - Part 1 (open to the public) - None, two items originally scheduled for this meeting will be considered instead on 22nd September


Exclusion of the public


Decision items - Part 2 (closed to the public)


Request for Approval to Repurpose Bramall Court for the Provision of General Needs and Temporary Accommodation pdf icon PDF 322 KB

Additional documents:


Salford City Council - Record of Decision


I Paul Dennett, City Mayor, in exercise of the powers contained within the Council Constitution do hereby:


(1)   Grant authority for the Council to enter into a contract with Mears Housing Management Limited & Plexus UK (First Project) Limited – a registered provider wholly owned by Mears and not for profit - to utilise Bramall Court for the provision of affordable general needs and temporary accommodation for a 15 year term (with an optional break clause at year 10) as outlined in the table below, and

(2)   Delegate authority to the Head of Housing and Strategy to finalise commercial terms.


Detail required


Title/Description of Contracted Service/Supply/Project

Bramall Court – affordable general needs and temporary accommodation

Name of Successful Contractor

Mears Housing Management Limited & Plexus UK (First Project) Limited

Supplier Registration Number

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)


Type of organisation

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)

Private Limited Company

Status of Organisation

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)


Contract Value


Per Annum (estimated average)

Contract Duration

 15 years

Contract Start Date


Contract End Date


Optional Extension Period 1

Optional break clause at Year 10

Optional Extension Period 2

Who will approve each Extension Period?

Choose an item.

Contact Officer (Name & number)

Andrew Leigh 0161 793 2155

Lead Service Group


How the contract was procured?

(to be supplied by procurement)

Direct Award following Market Engagement

Framework Details (where applicable)

(procurement body, framework reference & title, start/ end date


Funding Source

Revenue Budget

Ethical Contractor

Mayor’s Employment Charter

Committed to sign up to charter





Accredited Living Wage Employer


The Reasons are

Entering into a partnership with Mears Housing Management Limited & Plexus UK (First Project) Limited to repurpose Bramall Court provides significant opportunities to increase the availability of affordable housing in the city and increase the throughput of people moving out of temporary accommodation into more settled accommodation.


Assessment of Risk - Medium


The source of funding is Homeless Prevention Fund


Legal Advice obtained – Tony Hatton, Principal Solicitor


When commissioning contracts for the procurement of goods, services or the execution of works the Council as a ‘contracting authority’ must comply with the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (PCR) ), which require that contracting authorities treat candidates equally and in a non-discriminatory way and act in a transparent manner. In addition, the Council is required to comply with the requirements of its own Contractual Standing Orders (CSO’s), Financial Regulations and the duties of Best and Social value failing which a contract may be subject to legal challenge from an aggrieved provider.


For contracts of this nature and value the Council would usually undertake an exercise to advertise the opportunity for bidders to submit formal sealed tenders on the Chest portal. As set out in the report, in March 2021, the Council sought expressions of interest via the Chest to test wider market opportunities for the provision of a minimum 115 properties to be used for discharging homeless  ...  view the full decision text for item 7a


Date and time of next meeting

10:00am on Wednesday 22nd September 2021, venue to be confirmed.