Bournemouth council defends decision to award ‘super huts’ contract to Devon firm

HUT’LL DO NICELY: Dean and Laura Lander at The Wooden Workshop in Bampton, Devon

HUT’LL DO NICELY: Dean and Laura Lander at The Wooden Workshop in Bampton, Devon

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

BOURNEMOUTH Borough Council has defended its decision to award a contract for 18 new ‘super huts’ at Alum Chine to a Devon firm.

As reported in the Daily Echo, the new beach huts will be built as part of a £90million overhaul of Bournemouth seafront.

But the contract has been given to a Devon company, whose owners themselves said they were shocked to get the work.

The council says that a “fair procurement process” had awarded the contract based on the “best value for money for our residents”.

The Wooden Workshop at Bampton in Devon was given the work for the 18 huts.

The business was set up by husband and wife team, Dean and Laura Lander, two years ago.

Dean, 34, said: “We always check online to see if there are any tendering jobs for carpentry and we saw this and thought it was perfect but we’d probably never get it.”

The huts will have a stainless steel fascia and will be guaranteed for 30 years.

Dean added: “They will have to be fully assembled here including painting as well “That’s mainly because of the tiled roof, which if we were to assemble there on the beach would take a long time and you’d have the weather to contend with.

“The huts will then be transported from here to Dorset and placed on Bournemouth beach.”

Cllr Lawrence Williams, portfolio holder for tourism, leisure and culture at the council, said: “The existing huts have reached the end of their life and, after many years on the seafront, need to be replaced.

“Demand for beach huts at Alum Chine remains very high.

“The new ‘super huts’, which are identical to those previously built on Alum Chine opposite Vesuvio Restaurant, will be offered for sale on 25-year leases.

“Through a fair procurement process, which looks at best value for money for our residents, we have decided to award The Wooden Workshop the contract for building them.”

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7:27am Tue 4 Mar 14

Lord Spring says...

That's better than buying them from New Zealand.
That's better than buying them from New Zealand. Lord Spring
  • Score: 37

7:33am Tue 4 Mar 14

arthur1948 says...

Could be worse .....could be from another country .... Like everything else is given or sold off to....
Could be worse .....could be from another country .... Like everything else is given or sold off to.... arthur1948
  • Score: 34

7:35am Tue 4 Mar 14

hooplaa says...

Fair play to them winning the contract! Well done
Fair play to them winning the contract! Well done hooplaa
  • Score: 58

7:36am Tue 4 Mar 14

we-shall-see says...

Hardly good for the environment - assembling them in Devon and then transport them by road around 100 miles to Bournemouth.

Surely a more localised firm could have been given the contract, keeping jobs in this area and saving the extra costs of long road haulage?

Will the ongoing maintenance costs also be included, or will those be extra? Something tells me this could possibly all turn out badly :o/
Hardly good for the environment - assembling them in Devon and then transport them by road around 100 miles to Bournemouth. Surely a more localised firm could have been given the contract, keeping jobs in this area and saving the extra costs of long road haulage? Will the ongoing maintenance costs also be included, or will those be extra? Something tells me this could possibly all turn out badly :o/ we-shall-see
  • Score: -41

9:05am Tue 4 Mar 14

BarrHumbug says...

They had the drive and ambition to search council websites for work put out to tender and they won the contract, their quote for the tender was obviously the best offer despite having to include haulage costs from Devon so good for them.
In my experience councils will usually choose to source locally if possible but nowadays price is all important.

Then again I also know sometimes its who you know and not what you know ;-)
They had the drive and ambition to search council websites for work put out to tender and they won the contract, their quote for the tender was obviously the best offer despite having to include haulage costs from Devon so good for them. In my experience councils will usually choose to source locally if possible but nowadays price is all important. Then again I also know sometimes its who you know and not what you know ;-) BarrHumbug
  • Score: 33

9:40am Tue 4 Mar 14

BmthNewshound says...

Don't understand the headline as the article doesn't say that anyone has challenged or questioned the Councils decision and so there is nothing to defend.
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Better awarding the contract to a small business who are more likely to provide value for money than to the usual suspects such as Mouchel, Morgan Sindall or S&D Leisure whose sole aim is to screw as much money as possible out of the Council.
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I only hope that the 30 year guarantee is properly underwritten by an appropriate insurance policy.
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Don't understand the headline as the article doesn't say that anyone has challenged or questioned the Councils decision and so there is nothing to defend. . Better awarding the contract to a small business who are more likely to provide value for money than to the usual suspects such as Mouchel, Morgan Sindall or S&D Leisure whose sole aim is to screw as much money as possible out of the Council. . I only hope that the 30 year guarantee is properly underwritten by an appropriate insurance policy. . BmthNewshound
  • Score: 22

10:01am Tue 4 Mar 14

Gonetothebeach says...

Great example of a small - and fairly new - business being able to compete for and win a public sector contract. I hope this will encourage other small businesses to have a go. Well done, the Wooden Workshop! And just the other side of Taunton is really pretty local by modern standards. Happy that we are supporting the economy of the South West as a whole.
Great example of a small - and fairly new - business being able to compete for and win a public sector contract. I hope this will encourage other small businesses to have a go. Well done, the Wooden Workshop! And just the other side of Taunton is really pretty local by modern standards. Happy that we are supporting the economy of the South West as a whole. Gonetothebeach
  • Score: 25

10:26am Tue 4 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

Fair play to the Devon Company, but why publish an article headlined like this unless someone is questioning the Council's decision? I could understand concerns arising if the contract had been awarded to a local firm called Bournemouth Beach Hut Solutions.....
Fair play to the Devon Company, but why publish an article headlined like this unless someone is questioning the Council's decision? I could understand concerns arising if the contract had been awarded to a local firm called Bournemouth Beach Hut Solutions..... muscliffman
  • Score: 20

11:37am Tue 4 Mar 14

ProudVegan says...

I just hope that the council sell/rent for a fair price just like the fair price contract they got!
I just hope that the council sell/rent for a fair price just like the fair price contract they got! ProudVegan
  • Score: 7

12:42pm Tue 4 Mar 14

John T says...

muscliffman wrote:
Fair play to the Devon Company, but why publish an article headlined like this unless someone is questioning the Council's decision? I could understand concerns arising if the contract had been awarded to a local firm called Bournemouth Beach Hut Solutions.....
Well, we now know that the beach huts are being made in Devon, but will we ever know who gets the cream!
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Fair play to the Devon Company, but why publish an article headlined like this unless someone is questioning the Council's decision? I could understand concerns arising if the contract had been awarded to a local firm called Bournemouth Beach Hut Solutions.....[/p][/quote]Well, we now know that the beach huts are being made in Devon, but will we ever know who gets the cream! John T
  • Score: -1

1:05pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Tedington says...

What exactly makes them "super" huts?
And what makes them any more glamorous than the other planks of painted wood that you can find along the seafront? The tiling on the roof. The stainless steel fascias. Or just that they are being replaced. Okay, next time I replace my toilet roll I will replace it with "super" toilet roll. Just call it a flipping beach hut! - that is what it is after all.
What exactly makes them "super" huts? And what makes them any more glamorous than the other planks of painted wood that you can find along the seafront? The tiling on the roof. The stainless steel fascias. Or just that they are being replaced. Okay, next time I replace my toilet roll I will replace it with "super" toilet roll. Just call it a flipping beach hut! - that is what it is after all. Tedington
  • Score: 0

1:57pm Tue 4 Mar 14

speedy231278 says...

Makes a change from huts being built by S+D Leisure and full of tat for sale!
Makes a change from huts being built by S+D Leisure and full of tat for sale! speedy231278
  • Score: 13

2:27pm Tue 4 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Makes a change from huts being built by S+D Leisure and full of tat for sale!
No, perhaps they have sold all those old Christmas huts........to some associate firm in Devon?
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Makes a change from huts being built by S+D Leisure and full of tat for sale![/p][/quote]No, perhaps they have sold all those old Christmas huts........to some associate firm in Devon? muscliffman
  • Score: 1

2:29pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Azphreal says...

'offered for sale on 25-year leases.' So they are up to rent for 25 years.
'offered for sale on 25-year leases.' So they are up to rent for 25 years. Azphreal
  • Score: 10

3:40pm Tue 4 Mar 14

O'Reilly says...

Good luck to the Landers they seem a young couple with initiative and are local.....well next County.
Good luck to the Landers they seem a young couple with initiative and are local.....well next County. O'Reilly
  • Score: 12

4:10pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Arthur Maureen says...

we-shall-see wrote:
Hardly good for the environment - assembling them in Devon and then transport them by road around 100 miles to Bournemouth.

Surely a more localised firm could have been given the contract, keeping jobs in this area and saving the extra costs of long road haulage?

Will the ongoing maintenance costs also be included, or will those be extra? Something tells me this could possibly all turn out badly :o/
Your as bad as the echo with all this negativity!! for once the corrupt council didn't pass a contract to one of their cronies, got to be a first?!? Good luck to these people :)
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: Hardly good for the environment - assembling them in Devon and then transport them by road around 100 miles to Bournemouth. Surely a more localised firm could have been given the contract, keeping jobs in this area and saving the extra costs of long road haulage? Will the ongoing maintenance costs also be included, or will those be extra? Something tells me this could possibly all turn out badly :o/[/p][/quote]Your as bad as the echo with all this negativity!! for once the corrupt council didn't pass a contract to one of their cronies, got to be a first?!? Good luck to these people :) Arthur Maureen
  • Score: 13

5:28pm Tue 4 Mar 14

hadvar says...

Why is the controversial? The echo are not really dressing this up as if these 'foreigners' from devon are here taking our jobs?
Why is the controversial? The echo are not really dressing this up as if these 'foreigners' from devon are here taking our jobs? hadvar
  • Score: 4

6:51pm Tue 4 Mar 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Could have bought the timber from China.Assembled in in India.And bought over on the ship along with the prawns from Pakistan.No a good wholesome couple from across the time zone in Devon is alright with me..go for your life.
Could have bought the timber from China.Assembled in in India.And bought over on the ship along with the prawns from Pakistan.No a good wholesome couple from across the time zone in Devon is alright with me..go for your life. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 8

7:01pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Bourne272 says...

we-shall-see wrote:
Hardly good for the environment - assembling them in Devon and then transport them by road around 100 miles to Bournemouth.

Surely a more localised firm could have been given the contract, keeping jobs in this area and saving the extra costs of long road haulage?

Will the ongoing maintenance costs also be included, or will those be extra? Something tells me this could possibly all turn out badly :o/
Get a life!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: Hardly good for the environment - assembling them in Devon and then transport them by road around 100 miles to Bournemouth. Surely a more localised firm could have been given the contract, keeping jobs in this area and saving the extra costs of long road haulage? Will the ongoing maintenance costs also be included, or will those be extra? Something tells me this could possibly all turn out badly :o/[/p][/quote]Get a life!!!!! Bourne272
  • Score: 4

8:15pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Noidear says...

A council that's fair, that's new.
A council that's fair, that's new. Noidear
  • Score: 3

9:55pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Bob49 says...

perhaps the council is a bit sensitive to this sort of thing after the so called 'surf pods' where we are not allowed to know how much was paid to the Hemingways to paint them and put in a kettle and sandwich maker.

If the figures been quoted arre true then the council has much to be sensitive about

ps let's hope these don't lose the £2m (and rising) that those pods lost.
perhaps the council is a bit sensitive to this sort of thing after the so called 'surf pods' where we are not allowed to know how much was paid to the Hemingways to paint them and put in a kettle and sandwich maker. If the figures been quoted arre true then the council has much to be sensitive about ps let's hope these don't lose the £2m (and rising) that those pods lost. Bob49
  • Score: 5

11:54pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Anyold1ron says...

At the end of the day the Bournemouth (Hurn) hut guy is going to be rushed off his feet as it what with the 300+ huts that need replacing.
At the end of the day the Bournemouth (Hurn) hut guy is going to be rushed off his feet as it what with the 300+ huts that need replacing. Anyold1ron
  • Score: 3

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