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I see the Council have awarded a contract for the repair of the Hereford Library/Museum roof - £99K plus £20K

As usual the work is to be done through the Council's privatised service company Integral but the work will be carried out by S C Joseph.

I am sure it is all above board but just how many Council building contracts do S C Joseph receive? Their bid was £10K below those of the other bidders. Perhaps they know something the others do not.

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Is this a roof repair or is the roof being stripped & then reroofed which I suspect is the case given the amount of money being used?

Given S C Joseph are not a specialist heritage roofing company or even a roofing company they are builders so why indeed have they got the contract? For this sort of work you need a roofing company who know what they are doing & I don't think    S C Joseph do when it comes to roofs this whole things has a rather bad smell about it to me!

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On 22/03/2018 at 18:27, Aylestone Voice said:

I see the Council have awarded a contract for the repair of the Hereford Library/Museum roof - £99K plus £20K

As usual the work is to be done through the Council's privatised service company Integral but the work will be carried out by S C Joseph.

I am sure it is all above board but just how many Council building contracts do S C Joseph receive? Their bid was £10K below those of the other bidders. Perhaps they know something the others do not.

Can you direct me to the council webpage you got this info from please AV

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I'd like to know more bout the details of the roof repair as £99k seems a lot of money for a roof repair…also they have not listed the other bidders by name just their tendered price why would that be?

 

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I've put in a FOI request,asking for the names of companies B & C who also tendered for the roof repair works…as I think it is in the publics interest,to know what companies are bidding for what contracts with the council…regardless of whether or not they win those contracts,as it is public money which they are bidding for after all.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/id_like_to_know_the_names_of_com_2

 

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I've had a reply to my FOI

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/487175/response/1175167/attach/3/FOI%20IAT%2016229%20LA%20Prov18.06.18.doc?cookie_passthrough=1

the council did not tender this out it was done through integral?…which raise more questions than it answers

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So they give the job to Integral who tender it out and then the Council who appear to have no part in the tender process approve the winning bid! The Council pay Integral for a service who do nothing much except run a tender process and then take a cut from the total cost. Would be interesting to know out of the £99k plus £20K how much goes to Integral for doing very little.

I see that with work in progress they have discovered a leak in the roof so have added a further £19K to the costs

Shades of Blueschool House again

When they prepared the original specification for repairs to the roof (at £99K plus £20K how come they missed that there was a leak in the roof. Seems like poor survey and costing work yet again and another lump of money presumably goes to Integral/S C Joseph. The inefficiency seems staggering to me. 

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Appears to be a lack of control over costing & what roof repair works was to be undertaken on the library from HC…devoid of any diligence on there part…the council have there own property maintenance department or is this really integral? & if not why didn't they handle this?

i was going to do another FOI to get the schedule of works which was sent out to those companies to tender to…I guess now I will have to get in touch with integral to get this information too?

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16 hours ago, Aylestone Voice said:

 

I see that with work in progress they have discovered a leak in the roof so have added a further £19K to the costs

An extra 19k & yet it states on the form not to exceed 99k

it would make you wonder whether or not they caused that leak themselves given it was not picked up in the original survey?

well I've sent integral a email requesting information that I submitted in the FOI

 

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Slightly off topic, but the Northern Magazine building at Rotherwas has been surrounded with Heras fencing recently and I noted today that 'Integral' signs were going up - next, S C Joseph vans no doubt. Something very odd about this ongoing and very lucrative arrangement.

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They come in as the cheapest so they get the contract.  The fact that they add on extras after is quite another matter

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On 20/06/2018 at 07:57, Denise Lloyd said:

They come in as the cheapest so they get the contract.  The fact that they add on extras after is quite another matter

But are they the cheapest? Are they up against anybody else when tendering? If so are they getting inside information as to what others prices are being tendered so they are able to put in the cheapest?

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Contract for works at Widemarsh Children Centre

BOOM! - Awarded to Integral utilising  S C Joseph

BOOM! - Up to £55,000

http://councillors.herefordshire.gov.uk/documents/s50058052/Contract award for work at the Widemarsh Children Centre.pdf

Clearly other local building firms need to get the estimator from S C J on board 

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6 hours ago, Aylestone Voice said:

Contract for works at Widemarsh Children Centre

BOOM! - Awarded to Integral utilising  S C Joseph

BOOM! - Up to £55,000

http://councillors.herefordshire.gov.uk/documents/s50058052/Contract award for work at the Widemarsh Children Centre.pdf

Clearly other local building firms need to get the estimator from S C J on board 

Yes well they seem to be very snugg & cozy in bed together don't they?!

my understanding is if HC need construction work doing & it's below £200k then it's the service provider integral who the tendering process goes through…which makes it ripe for abuse in my opinion. I'm also hearing that integral are to be replace as the council service provider in August but who is replacing them I do not know?!

So today I've been chasing up integral to get some answers to my FOI…I can tell you they are a slippery bunch of eels giving me the run around eventually got through to their national accounts manager a man call John Eastley who thinks because there a private company he doesn't have to answer my FOI as being a private company it excludes them from the FOI  process so then told me he wasn't going to continue the conversation that I should contact their HR department then abruptly hung up…(I think he was a little bit rattled that I should be asking such things).

however I have his email address so he won't be getting off that easily…his  behavior also leads me to suspect that he has got something to hide?

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The council is changing its services provider in august from integral to Balfour Beatty…I have been informed but I've also been informed that Balfour Beatty have bought out integral? Can anyone confirm this?

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Ok I've had a response from integral about  the other bidders for the library roof repairs

they where CJ Baylis & Thomas Smith's Roofing 

I've also had the tender details sent to me but I'm having trouble uploading them

but hopefully Colin will be able to sort this  for me?

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Appointment of Contractor for the remodeling and refurbishment of mobile accommodation on the Aylestone site to enable the Relocation of Broadlands Bright Sparks Pre-school 

Any idea who has been awarded this Council contract for work to cost up to £100,000.00

Yes you have got it - the lucky winner is S C Joseph 

It is remarkable how they win so many - I am sure they do not have inside knowledge. Does anyone approving these contracts ask detailed questions of those officers making the recommendations?

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It comes as no surprise to see dozens of complaints about elected members’ bad behaviour and yet more closed door meetings reported in the HT. Why are members not asking questions about these contracts, it's all too cosy. Perhaps bad behaviour is involved. It's hard not to think that way when this Council's cult of secrecy shows no sign of going away.

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It appears the Cabinet have decided there is no need for any meetings until 13th/20th December, cancelling 6 of them since September. Do they still get their allowances paid for doing nothing?

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