5-7 Church Street Refurbishment Project Update

Mon 31 May 2021 - posted by Melanie Hyde
5-7 Church Street Refurbishment Project Update

5-7 Church Street Refurbishment Project 
The Council has just completed its third round of tendering with a specified final budget figure. The tenders received will be assessed against both the budget available and the quality of submissions. Potential contractors will be interviewed and a final decision taken at a special meeting of the Council on Tuesday 8th June at 7pm in the Library at 5-7 Church Street.

Thanks to Anonymous Donor
Stony Stratford Town Council would like to express its sincere thanks to the donor who has pledged up to £15,000 to ensure the 5-7 Church Street refurbishment project goes ahead.

Closure of the Library
In order to prepare for the refurbishment project, Stony Stratford Library will be temporarily closing at 12.30pm on Saturday 5th June. It is envisaged that it will remain closed until Winter 2021 (dependent on whether the whole project goes ahead). Wolverton Library is the closest alternative and opens Tues-Fri 10am-4.30pm and Sat 10am-12.30pm. www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/libraries.

We appreciate that this is not an ideal situation (and would have much preferred that the refurbishment works were carried out during the lockdowns), but Councils have to adhere to set Financial Regulations (FR) for a project of this estimated cost (£225,000).  In accordance with FR Stony Stratford Town Council went through a lengthy tender process for this major project to ensure 1. Value for money and 2. Quality.  The first two tenders (without budget) were unsuccessful due to bids being received exceeding the budget.  Further work had to be carried out to reduce the specification and a final tender process was completed in May 2021.  

We had hoped that MKC would provide alternative Library provision in Stony Stratford but unfortunately, this is not the case.