Request for Expressions of Interest - downloadable PDF

 

Request for expressions of interest to undertake research into opportunities for the development of an outdoor gym and beach facilities in the Whitley Bay Big Local area

 

Background

 

Whitley Bay Big Local (WBBL) is a £1 million, 10-year National Lottery funded project.  There were 150 areas chosen throughout England, each aiming to make a massive and lasting positive difference in their communities.

 

In March 2017 Whitley Big Local became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Registered Charity No 1171848) with a Board of Trustees made up of residents and others from the Whitley Bay area, with the aim of making Whitley Bay an even better place to live, work and visit.

 

Whitley Bay Big Local’s Environment Theme Group is looking at the potential to work in collaboration with local partners including North Tyneside Council to:

  1. Create and maintain an all-weather recreation / outdoor gym facility for public use

  2. Create and maintain beach facilities for public use

 

Brief

 

We are inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified researchers or agencies to undertake initial research into:

1. the potential for the installation, maintenance, use and benefits of all-weather recreation / outdoor gym facility in the WBBL area. We have completed some initial research which includes identifying a suitable supplier. This information can be shared. The research should include an outline assessment of the following:

  • The health benefits of such facilities and specific pieces of equipment, e.g. are they proven to be effective in improving people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing

  • The popularity and usage of such facilities in similar areas / locations, e.g. who uses them and when?

  • Comparator locations – three examples of locations where such facilities have been installed and any learning and insight to be gained, including: Locations that prove most popular; Health and safety considerations; Other public safety / safeguarding issues encountered; Examples of delivery partnerships between Local Authorities and community groups.

  • Installation and maintenance - with reference to comparator locations or similar schemes elsewhere, who is responsible for overseeing the installation and maintenance of such equipment?

  • Offer examples of viable community consultation models that have been used with local residents and others, from comparator location or other sites, which may be replicated for this project in Whitley Bay.

 

2. the potential for the installation, maintenance, use and benefits of beach facilities at a specific location in the Whitley Bay Big Local area, to be advised. We have not undertaken any research into this so far, but we envisage installation of a drinking fountain / tap and a public use shower facility. The research should include an outline assessment of the following:

  • The underlying benefits of such facilities, e.g. environmental benefits.

  • Any associated risks and documented health and safety issues with similar facilities at similar locations.

  • The popularity and usage of such facilities in similar areas / locations, e.g. who uses them and when?

  • Comparator locations – three examples of locations where such facilities have been installed and any learning and insight to be gained, including: Locations that prove most popular; Other public safety / safeguarding issues encountered; Examples of delivery partnerships between Local Authorities and community groups.

  • Installation and maintenance - with reference to comparator locations or similar schemes elsewhere, who is responsible for overseeing the installation and maintenance of such equipment?

  • Dialogue with Northumbrian Water’s community investment / participation function.

 

In addition - Relative to both elements of this research, you will be asked to:

  • Comment on options for funding streams potential funders that may be available to support the purchase, installation and maintenance of both outdoor gym and beach facilities.

  • Investigate any available examples of where the long-term maintenance costs for similar facilities are met by an endowment-type or ring-fenced fund returns.

  • Develop a list of any related literature, including web links and on-line literature, used as source or reference material in this research.

 

Reporting and Timeline

 

  • During the research period, the successful contractor will liaise with WBBL’s Programme Delivery Coordinator.

  • An interim / progress report will be required at an agreed point during this commission.

  • On completion - a presentation to accompany a final, comprehensive, written report will be required. The written report should be in a format that can be shared with Whitley Bay Big Local Board members, partners and stakeholders.

  • We would like this work to start as soon as possible and envisage that the research will take no longer than one month, following selection and appointment of researcher/s.

 

Fees

 

We have a budget of £1,800 available for this study (inclusive of VAT and all associated expenses and costs).

 

Expressions of Interest

 

Expressions of interest should include:

 

a) a summary CV of the person/s proposing to undertake the work, indicating their relevant experience and recent track record

b) a proposal, on not more than 3 sides A4 (size 12 font), that reflects the brief and how you might undertake it

c) the names and contact details of 2 professional referees

 

The completed expression of interest should be sent by email to Kelley Watson by no later than 5pm on Friday 15th March 2019.

 

Email to: kelley.biglocal@gmail.com

 

Further information

 

Whitley Bay Big Local’s website:

www.whitleybaybiglocal.org

 

Local Trust and the Big Local national programme:

http://localtrust.org.uk/our-work/big-local/about-big-local

 

Whitley Bay Big Local Plans and Map:

http://localtrust.org.uk/our-work/big-local/big-local-areas/whitley-bay