Cherwell District Council

Finance and leisure advisors

Our team were the finance and leisure advisors on Cherwell District Council’s sports centres modernisation project. This included the procurement of a new Spiceball Park Sports Centre, the modernisation of two existing facilities and a 25-year operate and maintain contract.


There were significant site constraints regarding the procurement for the new build Spiceball Leisure Centre and extensive discussions were required with the Environment Agency regarding the proposals to build out of the flood plain and next to a river bank.


Standard procurement documentation tailored to the project was used in the process and extensive dialogue and clarification with the Bidders undertaken in order to ensure that the Council gained from the experience and innovation that the Bidders can provide in order to meet the Council’s key requirements and outcomes.


The Cherwell project went through the full OGC Gateway Review Process, which was carried out by Local Partnerships and involved elements such as interviews and document reviews.


Cherwell Leisure Limited – a consortia led by Parkwood Project Management with Burke Rickhards architects, Kier Moss Construction and Parkwood Leisure sub-Contractors started on site in May 2008 and all three centres were opened ahead of schedule by April 2010.

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