Southport seeks new convention centre operator

Sefton Council
is seeking a management company to operate the 1,600-seater
Southport
Theatre
and Convention Centre, now that an 18-year deal with the Ambassador
Theatre Group (ATG) is ending. 

The council owns the STCC and spent £8m on a major  refurbishment in 2008.

Local newspaper the Southport
Visiter
said operating STCC costs the council a £344,250 management fee per
year.

Two years ago Sefton Council had carried out a European Union Open
Procurement Procedure for a new 10-year contract tender.

That was ultimately unsuccessful, with the company submitting the
highest scoring tender withdrawing from the process late on.

The council then had to ask ATG to extend its operation term for
another year, taking it to 31 March 2015.

A further six-month extension has since been agreed to cover the
time need for another procurement process to take place.

Sefton Council director of built environment Alan Lunt described
the importance of the STCC as “critical to the town’s visitor economy as it is
the primary conference venue for Sefton”.

Lunt also said the tenders would be evaluated on a price: quality:
interview basis on the ratio Of 30%: 50%: 20%.

Formal tender bids are invited under a formal lease and management
agreement with Sefton Council.

Lunt added that the council would be looking for evidence in the
tender bids of proposals for growth of the STCC conference business and of
strategy to reduced costs to the Council over the term of the lease.

Tenders need to be returned and evaluated in June with interviews
and presentations taking place in July and the contract due to be awarded in
August.

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