Issue details

Old Rectory, Northfleet - management services contract

To meet the objectives of ‘Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes: Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement (2015-2020)’ by delivering better outcomes for businesses, increasing business start-up rate and supporting Kent businesses to drive economic growth and deliver new jobs in Kent. In addition, the Growth, Environment & Transport business plan 2015/16 reflects the need for the ongoing supply of incubator space in Northfleet/North Kent.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure or savings of more than £1m;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: Northfleet & Gravesend West;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 12/10/2015

Department: Growth, Environment & Transport

Contact: David Smith, Director of Economic Development 03000 417176 and 03000 417199 Email: Tel: 0774 389 4252, Lorna Wilkinson Email:

Consultation process

Legal Implications: any additions/adjustments to the standard contract produced in 2008/2009 (ratified by KCC Legal Services) will be passed to KCC Legal for checking ahead of the contract being put in force.

Equalities implications: it is considered that an EIA is not needed. It should be noted that a diversity questionnaire will be requested from each tender response. In addition, the successful tender will be required to provide services consistent with the Council’s Equality and Diversity Statement.

Financial implications: the centre is self-funding and generates an annual profit, which is placed within a “sinking fund” held by KCC, and is utilised as necessary, where works to the building in the future become necessary. The net profit over the next seven years is estimated to be £448k (against an estimated gross income of £1.96m).


Full support was given for initiating the procurement process for a management company at The Old Rectory at Procurement Board on 22nd July 2015.

Views from local members will be sought. Local KCC Members particularly affected by this project are:
Sue Howes, Northfleet & Gravesend West
Narinderjit Thandi, Northfleet & Gravesend West

The Growth, Economic Development and Comunities Cabinet Committee will consider the proposed decision at its meeting on 15 September 2015

Financial implications: Lorna Wilkinson 03000 417199 David Smith 03000 417176

Legal implications: 15/00080