A Sleaford-based developer is in line to oversee the construction of the town’s new £4 million cinema.
Robert Hodgson, who owns J Hodgson & Sons Ltd, has been named as the council’s preferred choice to oversee a project which has been years in the making.
As part of the move North Kesteven District Council (NKDC) is set to waive the requirement that such a contract be put out to tender.
In minutes of NKDC Executive Board meeting on October 15, it states members of the board backed plans for the firm to oversee the project, although, as of yet no contract has been signed by either the firm or NKDC.
It states the executive resolved “that the requirement to tender as contained in Part 3.5 of the Council’s Contract and Procurement Procedure Rules be waived”.
This move, which is allowed under the council’s constitution given the value of the scheme, is set to potentially shorten the length of time it will take to appoint contractors for the project.
It also resolved “that Robert Hodgson be appointed as Prime Contractor for the construction of the Heart of Sleaford cinema and restaurant development, subject to compliance with an agreed procurement framework that will be included in the contract”.
After years of discussions, plans for the cinema were approved as part of North Kesteven District Council’s (NKDC) scheme to redevelop land near to the Market Place and the old Corn Exchange in July this year.
As part of the plans, which have been dubbed the Heart of Sleaford Regeneration Scheme, the council would invest £4 million in a three screen cinema, restaurant, food court and a new footbridge over the River Slea.
Cllr Anthony Brand, who represents Sleaford Westholme at NKDC, said he was supportive of efforts to get the ball rolling on the project.
“We are talking about a project which will take some time to get completed, particularly with regards to the cinema,” he said.
“We’ve whetted the appetite of people in and around Sleaford and the increase in the number of screens was due to engagement from the public.”
Source: Lincolnshire Live