Funding news - 11/09/2017

Dudley Council Invites Third Sector Tenders for Renovation Project

Dudley Council is inviting tenders from voluntary and community organisations interested in working with its project team to draw up proposals for the refurbishment of Tintern House to provide a community facility.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the Council development funding to prepare a bid for restoration and improvement work to Stevens Park, Quarry Bank. As well as providing a range of physical improvements to the park, the proposals include the renovation of Tintern House, a historical former farmhouse in the park, to provide a community facility with the potential to provide a range of services that will include training, health and social activities and a community cafe. It is also proposed to provide interpretation about Quarry Bank’s rich history and industrial heritage and the contribution that local people and the park have made both within the building and in the wider park landscape.

A key aspect of the HLF funded project is the opportunity to create a facility for horticultural training / therapy for a wide range of audiences including people with health issues, suffering from dementia, people with learning difficulties and wider community volunteers. The aim is to create a new external space for this to take place as part of the project.

Internally the building designs will need to be worked up with the third sector partner to include complimentary facilities such as office space, meeting rooms, public toilets and a small café. The latter is also envisaged as a training or work experience opportunity for people with long-term limiting illnesses, disabilities or the long term unemployed in the area.

Dudley Council is now inviting tenders from Voluntary and Community Organisations interested in working with its project team to draw up proposals for the refurbishment of Tintern House and preparation of a detailed business plan for the delivery of services and activities from the building to accompany the Council’s bid for HLF funding.

A fee will be payable for this service, and subject to the acceptance of the business plan and the HLF bid, it is intended that a lease will be negotiated with the successful tenderer for the delivery of services from the building.

Groups that are interested in tendering for this opportunity should register their company on the Council’s procurement website Black Country Business Portal by selecting the ‘register/sign in’ button. Once registered and signed in, they should click on the tenders tab to find the opportunity and download the documents.

The tender goes live on 11 September 2017 on the Black Country Business Portal with the documents being accessible until 29 September 2017.