Cooke & Arkwright appointed to Welsh Government NPS Framework

Firm has well established track record advising public sector in Wales

16 December 2015

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Cooke & Arkwright has been successfully appointed to the National Procurement Service (NPS) for Wales for Construction Consultancy Services Framework – Estates Professional Services. The NPS Framework is supported by over 70 public sector organisations in Wales including all local authorities, the NHS, National Assembly for Wales, Welsh Government and Welsh Government Sponsored Bodies, the Police and Fire services, and Higher and Further Education.

These organisations have all agreed to buy goods and services through the NPS Framework Agreements, which will provide the best deals for the Welsh Public Sector on common and repetitive spend. As the largest firm of property advisors in Wales, Cooke & Arkwright’s appointment to the NPS Estates Professional Services Framework means that these public sector organisations have access to our full range of specialist advice and services backed by extensive experience and market intelligence built during 115 years established in commercial property.

Jane Shankland, Associate Director, who has been coordinating the firm’s output onto the Framework comments: “With our spread of skills and knowledge of the Welsh property market in both commercial and rural sectors, we are very well placed to help NPS’s Welsh Public Sector customer organisations in their property outputs over the framework period.”

Cooke & Arkwright’s Chairman, Michael Lawley comments: “This is a significant appointment and we are delighted to join the Welsh Government’s NPS Framework for Wales. Our track record advising the public sector in Wales is well established and we look forward to working with all the members.”

Cooke & Arkwright have been providing rating valuation advice to The Welsh Rugby Union Limited (“WRU”) and Millennium Stadium plc for many years. They were recently successful in achieving substantial reductions in the assessments of the Millennium Stadium, covering both the 2005 and 2010 rating list. These negotiated reductions yielded savings of c.£3.5m which, crucially, allows the WRU to re-invest in rugby throughout Wales. They advise the WRU across the group portfolio including the National Centre of Excellence in the Vale of Glamorgan. The valuation issues across the WRU portfolio are complex requiring a high level of understanding of the funding and finances of professional sport in Wales. Cooke & Arkwright’s experience and understanding of these issues and application to the rating valuation have yielded these substantial negotiated reductions. The WRU and the Millennium Stadium entrust our work to organisations with the required levels in experience and expertise in dealing with these complex issues. I am glad to say we have this expertise in Wales. I would have no hesitation in recommending ratepayers making use of this Welsh based expertise.

Steve Phillips, Group Finance Director, Welsh Rugby Union Group