The Council is looking to eventually procure the services of a contractor for the provision of a catering service to 2 newly constructed extra care housing schemes in Reading.
At this stage the Council is carrying out a market sounding exercise to ascertain the number of contractors with the relevant experience who would be interested in providing this type of specialist catering service and the purpose of this approach is to seek input from potential bidders from either the voluntary or private sector before the Council formally advertises its requirements. Currently the Council anticipates commencing a formal procurement process to select a suitable contractor during January 2012.
The aim of the service will be to provide, as a minimum, a two course lunch time meal service which is available 7 days per week, 52 weeks per year. The service will be offered to approximately 120 service users who reside at the following extra care housing schemes:
· Oak Tree House, Spey Road in West Reading, RG30 4DG.
· Cedar Court, Basingstoke Road in South Reading, RG2 0NS.
Both sites will have a fully equipped commercial kitchen which will be made available to the service provider for the on site preparation of meals.
This notice is being published to gauge interest in this particular project, ascertain the number of contractors with the relevant experience and help to assess the extent to which the Council’s objectives are achievable, prior to undertaking a formal tendering process.
Further information regarding the proposed scope of the service is available on the South East Business Portal – see attachment below.
For an informal discussion regarding this requirement please contact:
Lyndon Mead – Principal Contracts and Commissioning Officer
Reading Borough Council
Housing & Community Care
Reading RG1 7AE
Tel. No. 0118 9374769
Any enquiries should be received before 17:00 hours on Friday 20 January 2012.
The Council will be looking to put in place a contract for Catering Services for Extra Care Housing by the end of July 2012.
If the Council decides to proceed with a formal procurement exercise a further advertisement will be placed inviting expressions of interest.
The Council does not commit to enter into a formal procurement exercise at this stage.