Decision details

Civic Centre and Public Building Decarbonisation Initiatives Programme *

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes




That the Cabinet:


1.     Accept the grant from The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and welcome the substantial investment in decarbonising Council buildings as a significant part of the Council’s Strategic Climate Action Plan to achieving future energy savings and achievement of its net zero target by 2030.


2.     Approve the appointment of Ameresco to prepare detailed design proposals and technical specifications associated with the proposed decarbonisation measure as detailed in Appendix B for a total fee charge of £490,000 for the following sites:


·       Civic Centre, Uxbridge

·       Winston Churchill Hall, Ruislip

·       Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Centre, Uxbridge

·       Highgrove Pool, Ruislip


3.     Agree delegated authority to the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Property, Highways and Transport, in conjunction with the Corporate Director of Place, to approve proposals to move project onto works delivery stage following completion of the detailed designs.


4.     Approve the appointment of Ameresco to project manage delivery of the project and use their subcontractors to undertake the works associated with the delivery of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund 3c Hillingdon project.


5.     Agree to the capital release request of £19,542k (£5,791k of Council Resources and £13,751k of grant funding)to support the delivery of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund 3c project. Installing a mix of measures (including air pumps, fabric insulation and solar PV) at 4 sites in the borough.


6.     Delegate all other decisions required for this project to the Corporate Director of Place, in conjunction with the Cabinet Member for Property, Highways and Transport, and where related to the Council’s climate change strategy, with the Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services.


Reasons for decision


Cabinet noted that the Council had been successful securing Government funding to decarbonise four of the Council’s highest energy producing buildings and agreed to progress plans to introduce a significant range of energy conservation works to reduce the Council’s energy demand at those sites. The Cabinet Member for Property, Highways and Transport welcomed that this would introduce new modern energy systems such as air source heat pumps. The Leader of the Council also welcomed the project.


Alternative options considered and rejected


Cabinet could have tendered the works, but opted for utlilising a specialist procurement framework due to the required time scales for project delivery.


Relevant Select Committee

Property, Highways and Transport

Expiry date for any scrutiny call-in / date decision can be implemented (if no call-in)

These decisions can be called-in by 5pm, Monday 5 June 2023

Officer(s) to action

Gary Penticost / Glen Martin


Place Directorate


Private - Whilst the Cabinet's decisions above are always made public, the officer report relating to this matter is not because it was considered in the private part of the meeting and contained information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the Authority holding that information) and the public interest in withholding the information outweighed the public interest in disclosing it in accordance with Section 100(A) and paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 (A) to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).


*Urgency - In accordance with the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012, the Chairman of the Property, Highways and Transport Select Committee was notified under Rule 15 of the Rules on Access to Information in the Constitution (General Exception to give advance notice of key decision) that it was impracticable to give public notice of this matter on the Forward Plan.


Publication date: 26/05/2023

Date of decision: 25/05/2023

Decided at meeting: 25/05/2023 - CABINET

Effective from: 06/06/2023

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