Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust

Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust - FEASIBILITY PROGRAMME: Capital Projects Phase II

Capacity Consultancy

Job Title:                     Capacity Consultancy

Project:                       Support Feasibility Programme for a cluster of capital projects.

Terms:                         A fixed fee: £12,800

Flexible working hours estimated at average 2 days a week over life of project estimated at 16 weeks. There is the possibility of extending this to continue with the construction and completion phase, pending funding.

Delivery Phase:         Managing the portfolio of projects up to planning.

Location:                    Flexible, some work expected to take place at CLT offices at 142 Granby St and Steve Biko Housing Association, Yanwath Street, L8.

Reporting to:            Granby CLT Four Corners Steering Group and monthly to the Board of CLT

Closing date for applications: Tuesday, 23rd April at 4 pm.

Interview date:          29th April 2019

Start date:                  Early May.

Granby Four Streets CLT is looking to appoint a Capacity Consultancy to support the CLT and oversee the Feasibility Work on the potential property portfolio outlined below, which will take them up to Planning Stage.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, income or disability status.

We actively encourage applications from anyone who identifies as coming from a marginalized background, and/or with lived experience as black, Asian or minority ethnic groups.

Background and Introduction to Community Land Trust

Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust (CLT) was established in 2011 after three decades of sustained resistance by residents, to the planned demolition of their area.  It is a non-profit community- based organisation that is creating affordable homes and enabling regeneration in the Granby Four Streets area. Our members are made up of local residents, local community organisations and businesses.

Aims

We are ambitious for our neighbourhood, aiming to create:

  • a thriving multi-cultural, multi-racial area.

  • environmental / eco-friendly adaptations of old properties.

  • streets full of plants, creating the greenest quarter in the city.

  • a sociable, safe and welcoming neighbourhood.

  • an enterprise and trading hub with a community cafe, giving a focus and building on local enterprise activity  

  • a community hub to increase resources and house community organisations and support radical community social and economic initiatives.

Achievements to date

·         Affordable housing for sale and rent – the CLT has just completed its first 11 houses. It developed an innovative lease model for the houses for sale which links their resale price to median wage in the neighbourhood – as means of guaranteeing future affordability and retaining value in the community.

·         Granby Community Street Market - now in its 8th year – is running monthly with up to 70 stalls, visitors and stallholders from all over the city (and beyond).

·         Granby Winter Garden Project: 2 derelict terraced houses have been re-purposed into a stunning indoor garden and community arts and meeting place.

·         A partnership with Granby Workshop, set up by Assemble in 2015 following their Turner Prize award for work with the CLT. This is now a community-based creative enterprise employing local people, making ceramics for domestic and commercial interiors, undertaking major national and international commissions.

Proposed Portfolio: CLT Development Phase 2

Granby CLT has been given the option by Liverpool City Council, to acquire and develop a portfolio of projects in and around Cairns Street and Granby Street, Liverpool 8. This depends on the CLT producing a viable financial proposal for their refurbishment. We have a grant from Homes England to carry out feasibility studies on these potential projects - which are of different sizes, structural conditions and different stages of development. The portfolio breaks down as follows:

Affordable Housing

  •   3 properties which will be refurbished solely as housing. 2 x 2 bed terraced houses & 1 detached 5 bedroom house

  • 1 small vacant site

Four Corner Shops Project

A mixed development to create a civic and commercial hub for local businesses, combined with affordable housing ‘above the shop’.

  • 1 corner is a new build on demolished site

  • 1 corner has been partially refurbished and is currently in use by Granby Workshop

  • 2 corners will be refurbished as a combination of retail and affordable flats.

Community Hub

  • A five-bedroom semi-detached property, to be refurbished and become a resource and base for community organisations, including the CLT and GSWG.

The CLT is currently run entirely by volunteers. Members of the community lead at every level of this project, from development to delivery, including at Board level, e.g. volunteers fundraise, manage the capital refurbishment programmes and all aspects of running the Street Market. They are currently looking to appoint a Capacity Consultant to support the Board and volunteers in successfully carrying out the next phase in their Development Programme.

The Brief: summary of main responsibilities

The CLT is looking for a Capacity Consultant to support the CLT in the following ways:

  • Represent the CLT as client and be responsible  for the day-to-day management and coordination of the project up to Planning.

  • Help the client to organise themselves and identify the roles and responsibilities of client representative., community consultations and steering group.

  • Maintain the progress and the mutual interaction of the project team in  ways that reduce risk, maximise benefits, control cost and keeps to the agreed timeline for project.

  • Help the CLT develop their preliminary business case and initial strategic brief.

  • Manages the appointment process of some of the project team.

  • Issue information and instructions on behalf of the client.

  • Develop a project execution plan up to tendering for construction .

  • Contribute to risk management, value management exercises and design reviews

  • Validate payments.

  • Oversee change control procedures.

  • Advice on disputes.

  • Monitor and assess overall client programmes and cost plans (which may include items beyond the scope of the main contract or consultant’s appointments).

  • Report to the client at the monthly Board meetings

The Feasibility Phase will be led by a Client Team who are:

·         Eleanor Lee: Chair of the Board

·         Sumuyya Khader: CLT Board Member

·         Tracey Gore: CLT Board member

This stage of the project is also supported by:

·         Holly Briggs and Alice Edgerly, from Assemble Collective; architects and lead design

·         David Haime from Modero, is providing QS services.

Both have extensive experience of both working with the CLT and renovating buildings in the immediate vicinity.

 The successful candidate/s will have:  

Essential knowledge and experience

• Experience of project management in the grant funded sector; knowledge of funders who may be relevant to this project.

• Experience of the UK and local construction industry, contractor roles and relationships.

• A demonstrable track record of planning, risk managing, reporting, documenting and delivering successful capital projects.

• Evidence of managing successful capital community-based projects and of understanding the range of needs of existing and potential stakeholders, funders, potential users,

   members of the wider community.

• Successful financial management experience including budgeting, financial control, expenditure monitoring and reporting with an understanding of the requirements for

   drawing down earmarked funds.

• Experience of assisting organisations in developing long term and sustainable plans.

• Experience of successfully developing briefs with and co-ordinating experienced design teams (e.g. Architects and QS consultants).

Desirable

  • ·Experience and keen interest in working with a community-based organisation

  • Understanding of and commitment to the meaning and practice of “collaboration”

  • Willingness to engage with the wider community when required.

  • Excellent people skills

  • Energy coupled with the ability to inspire others.

  • Confident leadership and communication skills.

  • Capability of seeing the whole picture.

  • Good negotiating skills.

Timeline and application process         

  • If you would like to discuss the role before applying or have any questions, please email granby4streetsclt@gmail.com

  • If you would like to apply, please email your CV and a letter of application outlining why you are interested in this opportunity and how you feel you would fulfil this brief. Send to: granby4streetsclt@gmail.com  or post to Granby Four Streets CLT, c/o North West Housing, 19 Devonshire Road, L8 3TX

  • Applications to be returned by Tuesday 23rd April by 4 p.m.

  • Interviews on April 29th time and place to be confirmed.