Agenda item

Demolition of The Futurist Theatre and Adjoining Buildings and Stabilisation of the Cliff

To consider a joint report by the Chief Executive and Director (NE) (reference 17/18) attached.


The Cabinet considered a joint report by the Chief Executive and Director (NE) (Reference 17/18) in respect of the next stages of the demolition of the Futurist Theatre and stabilisation of the cliff.  Introducing the report, the Portfolio Holder, Councillor Cockerill commented that following the Council decision on 9 January, all the Cabinet was 100% in support of this work.  In relation to the party wall aspects of the work, he added that he expected there to be a strip of land some metres wide that would remain undisturbed immediately to the side of adjacent properties.  At the permission of the Chairman, Councillor Jefferson then addressed the meeting.  She voiced her concerns at the risks involved in this highly complex project, was pleased at the reassurances given to Mr Rivers about public liability insurance but also called for after the event insurance and a geotechnical survey.  She repeated a question put at the Council meeting whether King Street was being stabilised for development in light of the Futurist Feasibility Submission dated October 2016.  Councillor Jefferson requested in regard to paragraph 5.7 of the report that the decision to instruct Willmott Dixon to proceed with the demolition and stabilisation works be referred to full Council.  She also questioned the wisdom of proceeding with the project since the Council’s application for exemption against listing of the theatre had yet to be determined, and she believed there were restrictive covenants in place which required consideration.  In response, the Director, Mr Edwards confirmed that the Council had approved the demolition and stabilisation project based on the allocated budget of £4m, and that if after the extensive pre-construction stage outlined in paragraph 5.5 which would ensure the highest standards of safety, it was demonstrated that the implementation stage could be undertaken within budget, then the Cabinet would have the authority to give the go ahead.   The Director, Mrs Dixon added that she was not aware of any restrictive covenants which would obstruct the proposed development, but the Council had powers to appropriate and thus clear the site if they existed.  The Chairman proposed that the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Procurement and Legal be added to recommendation (ii).

RESOLVED that the Cabinet:

i       Approve the outsourcing of the project management, contract administration and supervision of the Futurist demolition works and establish a budget of £90k to be funded from the capital development reserve.

ii      Delegate authority to the Director (LD) in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Project Leadership, Harbours, Coast and Flood Protection and the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Procurement and Legal to award a contract for the project management, contract administration and supervision of the Futurist demolition works to a consultant procured from the YORconsult Framework offering the most economically advantageous tender.

iii    Approve the appointment of Willmott Dixon Construction Limited from the Scape Framework and agree to enter into a Delivery Agreement in the sum of up to £416,000 to prepare a detailed design and quotation for a contract price for the demolition and stabilisation work.

iv    Authorise the service of Party Wall Notices to relevant adjacent properties and the appointment of Party Wall Surveys as required.



To enable the safe and cost effective demolition and redevelopment of the Futurist site following Council’s decision to confirm the funding to proceed with the next stage.



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