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Cabinet Decision: 5th March 2009
Title of Item/Report
Billingham Forum Refurbishment
Record of the Decision
Cabinet considered a report that provided an update regarding the detailed design and costs associated with the Billingham Forum refurbishment.

Members of Cabinet were provided with the Cost Plan Summary which highlighted the scope of works to be undertaken alongside the cost budgeted to complete the work and the assumptions and exclusions information which informed this.

Cabinet was also given details of the facility mix and proposed layout plans, external elevations and 3D images of Billingham Forum.

Details relating to the sustainability report and the Theatre contract were also presented to Members of Cabinet.

It was explained that following, and subject to Cabinet/Council approval, a Planning Application and listed building consent (LBC) Application would be submitted by the end of March 2009. The detailed design period was programmed to be finalised by mid June 2009.

Tees Active Ltd and Riverside Leisure Ltd were programmed to decant from the building at the end of June 2009 and the chosen contractor, Morgan Ashurst, would take possession of the site immediately following, in early July 2009. The construction period had been identified as 75 weeks in duration with the refurbished Forum expected to be open to the public at the beginning of January 2011.


1. the refurbishment of Billingham Forum proceed as detailed in the Scope of Work section of Appendix One and on the layout plans in Appendix Three A and B, external elevations in Appendix Four A and B and 3D images in Appendix Five.

2. the Head of Technical Services in the absence of the Corporate Director of Development and Neighbourhood Services in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, the Leader and the Cabinet Member for Culture & Leisure be authorised to agree any further design changes.

3. the appointment of the contractor, Morgan Ashurst, from the current Stage 1 (Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) to Stage 2 (Construction) be authorised, subject to Planning Permission and confirmation that the construction cost is within the scope of the final cost plan.

RECOMMENDED to Council that:-

4. the final cost plan as detailed in Appendix One be approved and the assumptions that inform this in Appendix Six be noted.

5. the funding proposal as detailed in sections 32-37 of this report be approved and noted.
Reasons for the Decision
To enable the refurbishment of Billingham Forum.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
Declared (Cabinet Member) Conflicts of Interest
Details of any Dispensations
Date and Time by which Call In must be executed
In respect of the resolutions only - Midnight on Friday 13th March 2009

Date of Publication: 09 March 2009

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