|NORTH AYRSHIRE COUNCIL|
The Executive of North Ayrshire Council
|Agenda Item 8 |
19 February 2008
|Subject:||Kilwinning: Eglinton Park: Tournament Bridge Restoration Project|
To consider the tenders for the restoration works for the bridge.
That the Executive agrees to accept the lowest tender in the corrected amount of £557,061.44 submitted by W.I. & A. Gilbert Ltd., subject to confirmation of grant from Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
1.1 The restoration of the Tournament Bridge is the final part of a programme to upgrade the structures within Eglinton Country Park, which is an educational facility under the remit of Educational Services. The works form part of a corporate project to use the restoration of a structure of major historical significance as the focus for an educational project for schools whereby children will be able to study natural, social and heritage subjects linking to areas of the 5-4 curriculum. The project will be accessible to the core path network and thereby the wider community and local interest groups who use the Country Park. A grand opening event will be incorporated into the Country Parks Events programme for this year and it is intended that the project will become a feature of the annual events programme.
1.2 This report considers the tenders for the restoration works which involves a faithful and historic renovation of the Tournament Bridge, based on surviving documentary evidence. The existing concrete arches are to be removed as is the infill above. The arches will be replaced with the existing refurbished cast iron arch sections and new cast iron fascia sections, which will restore the original width of the structure. The bridge will be given a new timber deck with anti-slip coating.
1.3 The current timber parapets will be replaced with cast iron sections to match the original items. All of the cast iron elements are to be fabricated and fitted by an approved foundry to restore the splendour of the original structure.
2. Current Position
2.1 The restoration works were first tendered in August, 2005 and were to consist of replacement of the current timber parapets with cast iron sections to match the original items, replication of other cast iron elements in steel and the provision of a steel deck. At that time, it was envisaged that the works would have been funded solely by the Council, however, during consultations with respect to Listed Building Consent, it became apparent that a much more extensive restoration would be necessary to satisfy Historic Scotland’s exacting standards. Accordingly, the tender process was halted and no report was submitted to Committee.
2.2 Historic Scotland requires a ‘faithful restoration where all details are replicated as closely as possible in terms of material, design and construction’. Historic Scotland also suggested that an application to them for grant would be likely to succeed, and a successful application was duly submitted. During this time, further investigations were carried out which brought to light more information on the original construction techniques and the works were then re-designed and re-tendered.
3.1 On 23 April 2007, six contractors were invited to submit tenders for the proposed contract. All six of the contractors returned their tenders before the due time on the 8 June, 2007. These tenders were checked by the Council’s staff and the results are summarised as follows:-
WI & A Gilbert
|Corrected tender total|
WI & A Gilbert
Corrected tender total
Response to request to extend open period of tender
Preference is to re-tender
add 2% per month to rates
Confirmed submitted tender sum would stand
Revised tender total of £617,585.10
Failed to respond
Confirmed increase in rates of 4%
Projected revised tender total
Corporate Director (Property Services)