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Putting the Community First BIA|RINIE| ANTI TI! CHIEF OFFICER IN CONSULATION WITH COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN DELEGATED POWERS REPORT 20 December 2018 Brent Cross Cricklewood - Brent Cross West Station - Implementation Agreement Rail Systems and Sidings — Deputy Chief Executive in consultation with the Chairman of the Report of | Asset, Regeneration and Growth Committee Wards | Childs Hill, Golders Green and West Hendon Status | Public with separate exempt report Enclosures | N° Karen Mercer, Programme Director Re, Officer Contact Details | Karen Mercen@barnet.gov.uk, 0208 359 7563 Summary | This report authorises entering into the Main Implementation Agreement with Network Rail (‘the IA”) and to commission the site set up works as set out in Schedule 3 Part 1 of the Agreement as approved by the Assets, Regeneration and Growth (ARG) Committee on 27 November 2018, Policy and Resources (P&R) on 11 December and Full Council on 18 December and to commence works to maintain the programme for construction of the South Sidings and overall Rail Systems and Sidings programme and to meet the Brent Cross West Station opening date of May 2022. The Schedule 3 Part 1 works were referred to as Schedule 1A works in the P&R and Council report. The main works (schedule 3 Part 2) will only be instructed following approval of the Revised Funding Strategy by the Policy and Resources Committee on 20 February 2018. Decisions That following agreement by the Deputy Chief Executive in consultation with the man of the Asset, Regeneration and Growth Committee, the Council now proses to enter into the Main Implementation Agreement with Network Rail to deliver the Rail Systems and Sidings construction work and commission site set up works as set out in Schedule 3 (Part 1) of that agreement. 1 1.2 13 14 15 1.6 WHY THIS REPORT IS NEEDED This report is required to authorise entering into the Main Implementation Agreement (IA) commencement of the establishment of site facilities and early Rail Systems and Sidings construction works (as set out in Schedule 3 Part 1), These works are required to maintain the programme for the construction of the new south sidings and overall Rail Systems and Sidings programme, anticipated to commence in March 2019, to meet the Brent Cross West Station opening date of May 2022 The comprehensive regeneration of the BXC area is a long-standing council objective. Planning consent was granted in 2010 for comprehensive regeneration of Brent Cross Cricklewood (BXC), including 7,500 new homes, 455,220sqm commercial, extensive infrastructure (notably investment in the A406 North Circular) and doubling the size of Brent Cross Shopping Centre. The scheme is being delivered in three parts: - Brent Cross North (BXN) — the shopping centre expansion, critical highways infrastructure and 800 homes. Planned to be delivered by Hammerson & Aberdeen Standard Investments, owners of the shopping centre. - Brent Cross Thameslink (BXT) ~ the new station being delivered by Barnet Council and funded in partnership with the wider public sector following approval of the Full Business Case by HM Government (see paragraphs 1.14-1.21 of this report). Further information is provided within the FBC Executive Summary attached at appendix 2. The council is due to enter into contract with Network Rail (NR) in December 2018; with the station opening in May 2022. Any slippage in entering into the NR contract will delay the station opening at least until May 2023 if not later. - Brent Cross South (BXS) — 6,700 homes, a new office location and related social and ‘hard’ infrastructure. Being delivered by Argent Related in joint venture with the council. Start on site due 2019, housing completions 2021/22 onwards. BXS is dependent on delivery of the station and some elements of the BXN critical infrastructure, with office development timed to coincide with station opening, Substantial progress has been made on all three projects since 2014 as set out in previous quarterly reports to the Assets, Regeneration and Growth (ARG) Committee to reach the point of delivery, Detailed planning has been granted for the first phases and the ability to acquire the land needed for the Programme has been achieved through the confirmation of the three 17 1.8 1.9 41.14 ce Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO’s) over the last 18 months. All programmes had been working to start on site by the end of December 2018, In respect of the delivery of the Brent Cross West Thameslink station, the GRIP 4 design sign off by Network Rail was received in February 2018, which satisfied the conditions to release the HM Government Grant Funding for the project. On 15 May 2018, the CPO3 Order to facilitate the land needed to deliver the Thameslink Station and associated infrastructure was also confirmed. The Council has entered into various agreements with Network Rail to support the delivery of the new station by 2022. The specific agreements relating to the Rail Systems and Sidings works are: = Design Services Agreement (DSA) 1 entered in November 2014 to undertake GRIP 3 Option Selection (excluding Approval in Principle); - Design Services Agreement (DSA) 2 entered in March 2017 to undertake GRIP 4 Approval in Principle (AiP) design; = Design Services Agreement (DSA) 2 variation entered in August 2018 to commence GRIP 5 Detailed Design; - Implementation Agreement entered in July 2018 to undertake the necessary early works to prepare the site in anticipation of the main works; - Implementation Agreement entered in November 2018 to procure the long lead materials. The BXT project has already started early site preparatory works to remove Japanese Knotweed and construction spoil from the sidings area in anticipation of the main works starting in January 2019. On 27 November 2018 the Assets, Regeneration and Growth Committee delegated to the Deputy Chief Executive in consultation with the Chairman of the Asset, Regeneration and Growth Committee, the Council to enter into the Main Implementation Agreement with Network Rail to deliver the Rail Systems and Sidings construction work and commission site set up works as set out in Schedule 3 (Part 1) of that agreement. This was subsequently approved by Policy and Resources Committee on 11 December 2018 and Full Council on 18 December 2018. In these reports the Schedule 3 Part 1 works were referred to as the Part 1A works. The Sidings and Rail Systems work package is separated into two work schedules: Part 1 — Site Set up which NR needs to be let by 15 January 2019 to their subcontractor; and Part 2 main works to the railway which needs to be commissioned by 21 February 2019 to meet the key rail possessions already booked for Easter and November/Christmas 2019 The costs of the Part 1 works (attached at schedule 3) can be contained within the already agreed £97m grant from HMG alongside existing contractual commitments and the Part 2 works will need to have the HMG. Revised Funding Agreement in place prior to commissioning as approved by the Policy and Resources Committee on 11 December 2018. It is intended