Cornwall Council had an ambition to enable the delivery of in excess of 3,500 new Extra-Care housing units in Cornwall by 2025 through a series of commercial approaches. The most significant approach was to appoint a strategic partner or partners to work with it to:
The Council had devised this headline strategy but needed support to turn these aspirations into a deliverable solution.
The Council therefore appointed 31ten as strategic, procurement and financial consultants to lead the project in partnership with Sharpe Pritchard as legal advisors.
31ten was appointed to provide expert strategic, procurement and financial support and guidance to support the potential commercial solutions. The scope of the role included:
The procurement was a complex arrangement that was seeking to bring together development, management and care experience into an innovative partnership structure that was a new model yet to be delivered across the UK. This model was particularly targeted at addressing the market failure in Cornwall where little, to no, new care facilities had been delivered in a number of years, and where very few of the major care providers are active.
As a result, it was necessary to bring together these three key areas, and set them out in a clear way so as to target market interest whilst developing a procurement approach and set of legal arrangements that captured the way this partnership would operate. This was developed in partnership between the Council’s experts, 31ten and Sharpe Pritchard to achieve an effective partnership structure that delivered the Council’s requirements.
A Strategic Partner was successfully procured for the Council in the form of the Mears group in late 2020. The partnership is now in operation and delivering new care facilities across the County.