Birmingham City Council Plans to Sell Off Leisure Centres

A group of Handworth Against The Cuts activists did a stall and petition at Handsworth Leisure centre this Sat 25 th Feb. Well over 200 signatures were collected and people took away leaflets and petitions to distribute around their communities. There was anger, concern and astonishment about BCC’s secret plans to sell of all the Leisure Centre.

The petition can be signed inside the Leisure centre, children are encouraged to sign as well!. There is potentially a big campaign possible around this- the leisure centre and free activities are much used and much prized in the area. More campaign stalls and activities are being planned. All are welcome and encouraged to join in!

.Here is BCC’s application in the European Journal:

UK-Birmingham: sports facilities operation services
2012/S 24-039329
Contract notice
Directive 2004/18/EC
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)
Birmingham City Council, Corporate Procurement Services
PO Box 10680, Lancaster Circus
Contact point(s):
For the attention of: Corporate Procurement Services
B4 7WB Birmingham
Telephone: +44 1214648000
Fax: +44 1213037322
Internet address(es):
General address of the contracting authority:;
Address of the buyer profile:
Electronic access to information:
Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate:
Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)
I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity
General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no
Section II: Object of the contract
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Sport and leisure facilities framework.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 26: Recreational, cultural and sporting services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Birmingham UK.
NUTS code UKG31
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 4
Duration of the framework agreement
Duration in years: 4
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement
Estimated value excluding VAT: 200 000 000,00 GBP
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Through the sport and leisure service Birmingham City Council strives to raise the quality of life and health of its citizens and to enhance its reputation as one of the UK’s leading sporting cities. We want to work with organisations that support the Council’s vision for an excellent leisure service. Birmingham City Council is undertaking a competitive dialogue process to identify organisations to be appointed to a framework agreement. The scope of this framework could comprise a mixture of the following provision in relation to any or all of the City’s leisure related facilities: design, build, repair, refurbish, finance, operate and maintain. All contracts will need to be awarded within the framework period of 4 years but contracts placed under the framework may have a duration of between 10 and 15 years or less where appropriate. The first contract to be awarded through this framework will be the design, build, operate and maintain contract in relation to Sparkhill Pool and Fitness Centre. Under this procurement organisations will be required to participate actively in the economic and social regeneration of the locality surrounding the place of delivery. Accordingly contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social and environmental considerations. TUPE may apply to staff engaged in services which are the subject of contracts awarded under this framework agreement. The Council’s leisure facilities which may be the subject of contracts awarded under the framework include, but are not limited to, the following:
— Alexander Stadium,
— Beeches Pool,
— Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre,
— Castle Vale Pool,
— Cocks Moor Wood Leisure Centre,
— Erdington Pool,
— Fox Hollies Leisure Centre,
— Handsworth Leisure Centre,
— Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre,
— Kingstanding Leisure Centre,
— Linden Road Leisure Centre,
— Moseley Road Pool,
— Nechells Sports Centre,
— Newtown Pool,
— Northfield Leisure Centre,
— Saltley Leisure Centre,
— Shard End Leisure Centre,
— Small Heath Leisure Centre,
— Shenley Court,
— Sparkhill Pool and Leisure Centre,
— Stechford Cascades,
— Stockland Green Leisure Centre,
— Tiverton Road,
— Wyndley Leisure Centre.
The estimated maximum total value of the framework is GBP 200 000 000 which includes the indicative value of contracts up to a maximum of 15 years. This estimate will be subject to the outcome of the competitive dialogue process. Birmingham City Council will be using its e-tendering system (In-tend) for the administration of this procurement process and providers must register with the system to be able to express an interest. The web address is
Registration and use of In-tend is free and all correspondence for this procurement must be via the In-tend correspondence function. However, if you are unable to register with the website please either email us at or call 01214648000.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
92610000, 92620000
II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
The Contracting Authority reserves the right to require deposits, guarantees, bonds and/or other forms of appropriate security.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
This will be included in the tender documents.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
Joint and several liability.
No special legal form is required but in the case of group bidders the authority requires that a prime service provider assumes primary liability for the group and that each organisation in the group accepts joint and several liability.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: When executing the contract in the UK the successful tenderer will be required to comply with the recommendations of the code of practice for the elimination of Racial Discrimination and the promotion of Equality of Opportunity in employment published by the Commission for Racial Equality.
The successful tenderer will be required to participate actively in the service related economic, social and environmental regeneration of the locality of and surrounding the place of delivery for the procurement.
Accordingly, tender evaluation and contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social, economic and environmental considerations.
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As set out in the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ).
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As set out in the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ).
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As set out in the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ).
III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As set out in the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ).
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
As set out in the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ).
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
competitive dialogue
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
Envisaged number of operators: 10
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: As detailed in the pre-qualification questionnaire.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated yes
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 12.3.2012 – 17:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
16.3.2012 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
Organisations wishing to be considered for a tendering opportunity must express their interest on In-tend by no later than 5pm on 12.3.2012 and download the pre-qualification document. This must be completed and uploaded onto In-tend no later than 12 noon on 16.3.2012. The questionnaire provided by the City Council will ask suppliers / service providers to indicate their economic and financial standing, technical ability and appropriate skills, efficiency, experience, reliability and provide satisfactory policy and documentation for race relations, health and safety and sustainability. The information provided in response to this questionnaire will be used as part of a pre-tender evaluation in order to select a shortlist of potential suppliers / service providers to be invited to tender. Where consortia or.
Group of organisations wish to express an interest in this project, each organisation responsible for the provision of requirements will be expected to complete a questionnaire. This tender process will be conducted using BCC’s e-tendering system ‘in-tend’. The portal for this system is Providers must register with the system in order to access documents. Registration and use is free.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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6 responses to “Birmingham City Council Plans to Sell Off Leisure Centres

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  3. Dave Marsh

    In a City where obesety is a problem how can the Council contemplate selling off Leisure Centres.
    We are in Olympic Year when we are looking forward to the legacy of the games. Birmingham City Council has given little to grass roots sport and what little they have given they now intend to take away.
    Local and Central Government is not about making savings no matter what the consequences but is about providing a service. We are still waiting!!

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