Options Appraisals

Options Appraisals

Council Date Project Outcomes
 East Staffordshire 2016 Appointed to deliver a management options appraisal for the Council’s leisure and arts services. Max Associates have now been appointed to support the Council throughout the procurement process.
 Middlesbrough 2014 Max Associates was commissioned to undertake an options appraisal for the future management of the Council’s leisure centres, including a soft market test.   The current in-house operations were evaluated against other management models to determine the most appropriate way forward.

The Council appointed Max Associates to manage the procurement process which was awarded to an established trust, reaching a cost neutral position and including investment into the centres.

Max Associates continued to support the Council through the mobilisation phase and the first 6 months of the contract to set up client monitoring procedures, performance management systems and reporting procedures.
Chichester 2014 Commissioned to undertake an options appraisal for the future management of the Council’s 3 leisure centres. This included a soft market test and consultation with council departments and in particular the health development team that work within the leisure centres. The current in-house operations were evaluated against other management models to determine the most appropriate way forward The Council appointed Max Associates to support the procurement process, which has now been completed and the contract awarded to an established trust.
Cardiff City Council 2014 Undertake a management and business options appraisal in relation to Sports and Arts facilities across the City. Following options appraisals the council has embarked on a procurement process.
 Test Valley Council 2014 Max Associates was commissioned to undertake an initial management options review, advice and support to assist in the development of a clear procurement strategy, prior to any formal engagement with the market. Including a review of how best to develop the future service to make provision for investment in an ageing facility stock including, major investment in Andover Leisure Centre, and other capital expenditure across the portfolio.
Hartlepool Council 2014 An Options Appraisal was undertaken to investigate, analyse and advise on the options open to the Council in relation to the management and operation of sport and leisure facilities going forward, the outcome of which could support the investment needs in the Council’s Leisure Strategy and the Council’s Vision.
London Borough of Camden 2014 Max Associates were appointed by the London Borough of Camden, to undertake a management and business options appraisal in relation to Arts, Parks and Cultural facilities across the Borough.

Initially we reviewed the local demographics, Council strategies and current performance. We then agreed with the Council which management options we would assess and evaluate in detail, these were the continuation of in-house operations, a locally established trust and outsourcing. We also undertook a soft market test.

Forest of Dean District Council 2013 Max Associates is currently undertaking a soft market testing exercise as part of an options appraisal for the future management of leisure facilities across the District. Following options appraisals the council has embarked on a procurement process.
Durham County Council 2013 Management options appraisal for sport, leisure, parks, library and theatre services. Max Associates is currently working with the Council to identify the best management arrangements going forward, to establish an external trust, market testing of services or the option of retaining operational management in house. A service health check has been conducted and a workshop with the senior management team has taken place. The Council is now developing a delivery and procurement strategy.
Derby City Council 2013-2014 Options appraisal for the Council’s leisure and cultural services including; indoor and outdoor sports facilities, arts and culture, libraries and key parks. Completed. The appraisal will inform forthcoming decisions made by the authority.
Swindon Borough Council 2012-2013 Options appraisal for the Council’s leisure and cultural services including; indoor and outdoor sports facilities, arts and culture, libraries and key parks. A number of options were presented to Members for consideration across the whole portfolio, including the transfer of all services to an umbrella organisation, to be set up by the Council. Some services would then be sub-contracted to the market, which could be either a commercial or Trust provider.
London Borough of Newham 2011 To assess the options of extending the current contract with the existing provider, bringing the service in house, undertake a market testing exercise or establish a leisure and cultural enterprise to manage leisure and cultural services on behalf of the Council. On consideration of the report recommendations, The Council has decided to establish a leisure and cultural enterprise.Max Associates was appointed to support the Council in the initial implementation and formulation of the Enterprise and development of business plans for each service area within the agreed scope of services.
Crawley Borough Council 2011 To undertake a feasibility study to evaluate the following future management options:-

  • Direct management (as now)
  • Management via a leisure / community trust
  • Sale or lease to a third party, commercial or voluntary sector organisation / community group.
Following a presentation of our recommendations to Members, the Council has undertaken a procurement process for The Hawth Theatre and begun implementing service recommendations to improve the income generating potential.
London Borough of Haringey 2010-2011 Options appraisal for the future management of leisure and parks facilities. To evaluate the current in house direct management model against options for the future management of leisure and parks so that the Council can identify the most appropriate way forward. On consideration of the report recommendations, The Council has decided to embark upon a procurement exercise.Max Associates has been appointed to assist the Council in the procurement exercise.
London Borough of Hounslow 2009-2010 To undertake a full options appraisal and procurement process for leisure and cultural services, the largest outsourcing of its kind in the UK to date. Services included leisure management, parks management, libraries, theatre and arts management. An initial options appraisal was undertaken by Mark and Lisa to compare the existing leisure and cultural services operation (managed by CIP, an independent Trust set up by the Council under a 10 year management agreement). Existing service delivery was compared and tested against a potential market testing exercise and/or the return to an in house operation. The results of the options appraisal led to Member agreement to a market testing exercise. Max Associates was appointed to project manage the procurement process, the largest leisure and cultural externalisation project in the UK to date.As part of the contract, the Council levered in £25m of capital investment into the leisure centres and libraries via prudential borrowing paid for from a reduced management subsidy.
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