Builders poised to win £1bn masterplan deal

Echo: Bustling – a computer generated image of how the town centre could look Bustling – a computer generated image of how the town centre could look

THE £1billion contract to redevelop Basildon town centre is virtually signed and sealed.

A bidding competition was due to be held between several developers for the huge contract, but the financial downturn has forced all rival groups to pull out.

Basildon Council’s cabinet has now passed a vote paving the way for a single bidder to submit a tender.

This means the only group still interested in the scheme, a partnership between Barratt Homes and Wilson Bowden partnership, has almost certainly secured the whopping contract to build around 3,500 homes, offices, a new theatre in place of the Towngate, and a new council headquarters in place of the Basildon Centre.

Malcolm Buckley, Basildon Council cabinet member, said: “They will now go off and draw up more detailed plans for the masterplan.

“They will set out a detailed timetable for the various stages of work, for example when they propose to finish building the homes.”

However Lynda Gordon, Labour opposition leader on Basildon Council, again expressed concern the council could be held to ransom over the terms of the masterplan contract, if it is only dealing with one bidder.

She said: “It would obviously be much more desirable to have at least two bidders as there is a worry the council could be held to ransom if there is only one left interested.

“The council seems determined to press ahead with this because it doesn’t want to lose face, but I certainly have concerns.”

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1:27pm Tue 11 Aug 09

anon anon says...

thats alot of money
thats alot of money anon anon

1:40pm Tue 11 Aug 09

shallotman says...

So the Council is down to one bidder, sort of Hobson's choice then.Though I suppose they could have chucked ratepayers money at the other bidders, like they have with the golf course.
So the Council is down to one bidder, sort of Hobson's choice then.Though I suppose they could have chucked ratepayers money at the other bidders, like they have with the golf course. shallotman

2:42pm Tue 11 Aug 09

TheWizzard says...

Jobs for the 'boys' then, the story is all too familiar, bit like the sports village, only one bidder, i wonder who is in who's pocket?
Jobs for the 'boys' then, the story is all too familiar, bit like the sports village, only one bidder, i wonder who is in who's pocket? TheWizzard

6:38pm Tue 11 Aug 09

Biker One says...

You can't polish a turd !!!!

Security word >> wash-blow :-)))
You can't polish a turd !!!! Security word >> wash-blow :-))) Biker One

12:57pm Wed 12 Aug 09

richomack360 says...

So we are getting a new theatre to replace one that doesn't need replacing and new facilities for our brilliant council ???

Hahahah! amazing, they are spending the money on themselves as usual ! The phot looks ghastly, and even if it will look nice the brain dead wash outs of Basildon will vandalise before long !
So we are getting a new theatre to replace one that doesn't need replacing and new facilities for our brilliant council ??? Hahahah! amazing, they are spending the money on themselves as usual ! The phot looks ghastly, and even if it will look nice the brain dead wash outs of Basildon will vandalise before long ! richomack360

6:28pm Wed 12 Aug 09

Discouraged says...

Does Basildon really need a thousand million pounds spent on it? It's not as if it's falling down. Let it be.
Does Basildon really need a thousand million pounds spent on it? It's not as if it's falling down. Let it be. Discouraged

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