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Watford town centre revamp contractor to be chosen
Plans to revamp Watford town centre are due to take a step forward as politicians select a contractor for the project.
Officers at Watford Borough Council have recommended Bardon Contracting be appointed to undertake £4.3million scheme.
Watford’s elected mayor, Dorothy Thornhill, and her ruling Liberal Democrat cabinet are due to make the final decision next Monday.
Last year the council unveiled its plans to renovate the top end of The Parade with new street furniture, more green spaces and a bridge over the pond.
Papers released this week show that five contractors got through to the last stage of bidding for the project: Birse Civilis Ltd, Geoffrey Osborne, Maylim, Skanska and Bardon Contracting.
Council officers said any risks associated with the project had been moved to the contractors, so the price to the taxpayer would remain the same if the scheme hit problems or overruns.
However the report said the council would be liable for the risk associated with cellars under The Parade, and will draw up an agreement with businesses before works start.
The successful company will also provide a dedicated liaison officer on site to answer queries from the public during the works, who will be based in an empty shop in The Parade.