Agenda and minutes

Mersey Gateway Executive Board
Thursday, 17th November, 2011 3.00 p.m.

Venue: The Board Room - Municipal Building, Widnes. View directions

Contact: Lynn Derbyshire on 0151 471 7389 or e-mail 

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Chairman's Announcement


The Chairman of the Board reported that Councillors Browne, Jones, McDermott, McInherney and Redhead would be attending future meetings as observers.




            The Minutes of the meeting held on 22 September 2011 were taken as read and signed as a correct record.



Confirmation of Conditional Funding Approval and the Council Acceptance of the Funding Conditions (Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 21 KB

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The Board considered a report of the Chief Executive which informed Members that the terms of the Conditional Funding Approval proposed by Ministers had been reported to Council on 19th October. The Council had agreed unanimously to accept the funding offer without modification. The report gave advise on the formal exchange of correspondence between the Department for Transport and the Chief Executive which put the funding agreement in place. 


The Board was further advised that the draft terms of the Conditional Funding Approval had been considered by the Board on 22 September and forwarded to full Council on 19th October, with a recommendation that the terms be accepted. The Council resolved unanimously that:


(1)                     the Council accepts the Conditional Funding Offer from Government in the form received;


(2)          the Council supports the further development of the Mersey Gateway Project on the basis of:-


(a)       the Conditional Funding Offer; and


(b)       the information set out in the report and the attachments to  this report (attachments to Council report not included in this report to MGEB);


(3)          the Council and its Officers take all reasonable steps to maximise toll discounts for residents of Halton; and


(4)          the Council delegate to the Chief Executive in consultation with the Leader of the Council, the Portfolio Holder for Resources and the Portfolio Holder for Transportation the power to take all reasonable steps necessary to achieve the delivery of the Mersey Gateway Project.


The Board was further advised that the funding offer had been confirmed in a letter of 19 October 2011 from Mostaque Ahmed to the Chief Executive. The terms of the funding offer had been accepted by the Chief Executive in his reply of 20th October 2011. This exchange of letters established the Conditional Funding Agreement with Ministers and the correspondence was attached at Appendix 1 to the report.  


The following comments arose from the discussion:-


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RESOLVED: That the Board note that the Conditional Funding Agreement is now in place.


Commencement of Procurement pdf icon PDF 23 KB

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The Board considered a report of the Chief Executive which informed Members that the Conditional Funding Agreement with Ministers allowed the procurement process for Mersey Gateway Bridge to commence.  The report also advised Members of the procurement actions that had been taken to date and provided an overview of the activity planned for the next two years.


The Board was further advised that the procurement process commenced with the publication of the Contract Notice in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), which invited interested parties to express an interest in the procurement of Mersey Gateway Bridge. The Contract Notice was dispatched on 20 October 2011 and responses were required by 14 December 2011. The Contract Notice had been published in the OJEU on Monday 24 October. The terms of the Contract Notice had been drawn to allow the procurement process to develop the most economically advantageous solution (referred to as a bid).


The board was further advised that the invitation to the private sector to express an interest in procurement was supported by a project brief called the ‘The Prequalification Document’, which was available on the project website, The Prequalification Document Appendices contained instructions for candidates wishing to express an interest and responses were required in the form of Prequalification Questionnaire.  The project team were also using the northwest Local Authorities’ procurement portal, ‘the Chest’, to administer the prequalification process. Candidates had to register on the Chest to gain access to the Project portal. Candidates would need to register in order to request access to project information (the Dataroom), name their authorised representative, and to receive subsequent prequalification circulars (containing clarifications and responses to queries). Guidance on registering and using the Chest during the prequalification period was included in the Prequalification Document. The prequalification evaluation team (evaluators and moderators) had been identified and the process would use the ‘Award’ evaluation software proven to provide a robust selection procedure that could stand up to scrutiny. 


Furthermore, it was reported that the evaluation of prequalification submissions would take place from mid December to the end of January 2012. The aim was to select the three best candidates based on the published evaluation criteria. In February 2012 recommendations would be reported to the Board leading to the successful candidates being informed. The announcement of the prequalification result would enable the selected candidates to mobilise for the Competitive Dialogue process. The dialogue stage was programmed to start in February 2012.  The bidders would submit Draft Final Tenders towards the end of the dialogue stage. The Council would evaluate these, close the dialogue, and invite Final Tenders around February 2012. A preferred bidder would be selected on the basis of the Final Tenders. The programme of key procurement events was set out in Appendix 1 of the report,


In addition, it was reported that to enable an efficient Competitive Dialogue to take place the project team were preparing the draft contract documents, including guidance and instructions for the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.

MINUTES ISSUED:  18 November 2011


CALL-IN:                     25 November 2011


Any matter decided by the Mersey Gateway Executive Board may be called in no later than 5.00pm on 25 November 2011