Eastbourne Borough Council has agreed to enter a joint venture with Robertson AECOM Consortium to deliver a range of projects that will help meet the council’s environmental ambitions.
The Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) Joint Venture will also include Lewes District Council as the other founding authority.
Crucially, the partnership will accelerate the delivery of large capital schemes as contractors, including the local supply chain, will be engaged without the need for lengthy and costly procurement exercises.
Councillor Jonathan Dow, Cabinet Lead for Place Services, said, “We are delighted to be working with Robertson AECOM Consortium which has a very strong and successful track record working with local authorities.
“This venture will be a major factor in bringing about the wide-scale environmental improvements we want to achieve by strengthening our resilience against future energy, climate change and sustainability challenges.”
While a key focus of the partnership is to deliver innovative energy and sustainability projects, it is also possible that many capital projects related to the council’s existing service provision that have an element of energy and sustainability could be delivered through the joint venture.
Councillor Dow added, “Built into the arrangement is the clear flexibility that both councils have the autonomy to recommend which projects to develop within the joint venture, approve the delivery plan, allow access to other participants, such as other public bodies and cancel or reject a project proposal.”
The venture was approved by Eastbourne Borough Council on Wednesday (12 July) and Lewes District Council’s Cabinet on 26 June.