Decision details

Ayscoughfee Pavilion Project & Changing Places

Decision Maker: Assistant Director - General Fund Assets

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


This decision is to award a contract to Harrison-Cooke, a local Lincolnshire Contractor for all of the capital works specified within the competitive tender process. The total contract award is for £133,471.20. The contracted works include; the creation of a changing places facility, the upgrade of the end of life public toilets and the necessary café works.

Reasons for the decision:

This decision is required to appoint the contractor to effect the specified works that have been competitively tendered.


This project will amalgamate what was originally scoped as three separate phases of works into a single 12 week contract that will see the extensive refurbishment of the central Aysoughfee café and utility block. The contract will deliver additional customer space, a larger kitchen and a new storage facility within the café; on the Southern flank of the block, a door will be created in order to create a new, fully accessible ‘Changing Places’ facility to ensure unrestricted access for visitors to Ayscoughfee who have particular needs; and the end of life toilets situated to the Eastern flank of the block will be fully refurbished to provide modern facilities for visitors.


Amalgamating the three phases of work into a single contract has secured a total capital cost of £133,471.20; the funding is derived from the following sources:


·         £15,000 from approved capital programme for Ayscoughfee.

·         £50,000 grant funding secured from the Changing Places initiative to be transferred into the Capital Programme.

·         £40,000 s106 contribution to be transferred into the capital programme.

·         £30,0001 from the Town Centre Improvement Fund.


1 (Note from Assistant Director – Strategic Growth and Development in support of this decision) - The Asycoughfee Café project will also be supported by a £30,000 contribution from the Spalding Town Centre Improvement Plan budget. The proposed project aligns well with the priorities of the Spalding Town Centre Improvement Plan, in that is seeks to significantly enhance the quality of a key visitor attraction within a short proximity to the town’s high street. It is envisaged that, through enhancing the visitor offer at Asycoughfee Hall and Gardens, this will aide in increasing visitor footfall into the town centre as a whole and therefore make a positive contribution to the local economy. The project also aligns with another key aspect of the TCIP relating to Asycoughfee, which is the ambition to establish Asycoughfee Hall and Gardens as a ‘National Portfolio Organisation’ with Arts Council England, with an ambition to significantly increase the level of art and cultural activity that takes place from venue.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - Do nothing - Not recommended as these works form part of a wider programme of strategic investment into key Council Assets across the district. The Council has secured £50,000 external funding for the Changing Places facility at this location which would be at risk if the works are not effected – NOT RECOMMENDED.


Option 2 - Undertake the three phases of work over an extended time period as three separate commissions. This is a key strategic asset that attracts a significant number of visitors annually; separation of works would extend the period of disruption visitors experience and would be highly likely to increase cost and complexity – NOT RECOMMENDED.

Conflict of Interest: Not Applicable

Equalities Issues: The works to the toilets and the creation of a changing places facility will ensure equality of access to all visitors to the attraction.

Contact: Marc Whelan, Strategic and Operational Property Manager Email: 01205 314554 Email:

Publication date: 27/05/2022

Date of decision: 27/05/2022