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Empty Homes and Regeneration.

Prior information notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

West Lindsey District Council
The Guildhall, Marshalls Yard
For the attention of: Andy Gray - Strategy and Commissioning Team Leader
DN21 2NA Gainsborough
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1427675195
E-mail:

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.west-lindsey.gov.uk

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity
General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Empty Homes and Regeneration.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 27: Other services

NUTS code UKF30

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
"West Lindsey District Council is looking for an enterprising and ambitious solution to help address the growing issues of empty homes.
We want to engage with innovative organisations to find out how they can help us tackle this problem and bring empty homes back into use.
We have resources set aside to deliver a solution, which provides a variety of social and economic benefits to our residents, which has bringing empty homes back into use at its heart.
We are keen to hear how your organisation might be able to help us and would like to invite you to an information event. This will be held on Wednesday 16.5.2012, from 1-5pm at the Guildhall, Marshalls Yard, Gainsborough, DN21 2NA.
Estimated cost excluding VAT:
Range: between 250 000 and 1 100 000 GBP
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

70333000

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:
The Contracting Authority wishes to develop an innovative and sustainable business model or framework, which provides a variety of social and economic benefits to our residents, which has bringing empty homes back into use at its heart.
There are currently 1 771 (4 %) empty homes in West Lindsey. 1 059 of these are long term (6 months plus) and 712 are short term. Of the long term empties 346 (33 %) are in Gainsborough, the remaining 713 (67 %) are in rural parts of the district. The majority of empty homes are in private ownership and there are no landlords who own vast quantities of empty stock.
The solution needs to deliver the following key outcomes:
- the bringing back into use empty homes in both urban and rural areas to provide a mixture of affordable, open market and private sector housing,
- an increase in community "capital” and engagement within areas of high density empty homes,
- an improvement of, quality, energy efficiency within individual properties and a reduction in fuel bills for prospective occupiers,
- an increase in skills through the provision of apprenticeship and training opportunities,
- an increase in employment through the use of local labour,
- an increase in provision of renewable energies and technologies to provide a unique selling point,
- a mechanism to recycle and reuse capital invested over the proposed lifetime of the project,
- an effective governance mechanism to include all key stakeholders.
Other key outcomes required are:
- improvement of the appearance and street scene of specific project areas,
- a reduction in the levels of anti-social behaviour related within areas of high density empty homes,
- increased usage of local community services and facilities,
- a reduction in the number of persons on the Councils housing register.
The Contracting Authority wishes to consider a variety of solutions and accepts that some of these solutions may not provide all of the desired outcomes and that some solutions may focus on specific geographical areas or property types.
The Contracting Authority wish to explore a variety of options in regards to the effective governance of proposed solutions and would expect any of these proposals to clearly state the capital investment that both the Contracting Authority and the proposer would be expected to make.
It is anticipated that a formal Contract Notice will be published by the end of June 2012. The Contracting Authority wishes to discuss the options available to meet its requirements and intends to hold an engagement event on 16.5.2012, from 1pm. The event will include key note speeches from the Contracting Authorities key officers.

The purpose of the event is to provide further information and answer any specific questions that interested parties may have as well as to provide the Contracting Authority with feedback to further influence the structure of its requirements. Further information is available on request from Andy Gray, Strategy and Commissioning Team Leader at West Lindsey District Council e: t: +44 1427675195.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
GO Reference: GO-2012416-PRO-3859793.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:
16.4.2012