Contract Summary

  • Published Date: 5 April 2022

  • Tender Status: active

  • Tender Opening Date: 5 April 2022

  • Tender Closing Date: 15 May 2022

  • Award Date: n/a

  • Contract Start Date: n/a

  • Contract End Date: n/a

  • Contract is suitable for SMEs: Yes

  • Contract is suitable for VCSEs: No

  • Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) Contract Type: Services



Swale Borough Council is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from organisations / parties to operate, occupy, manage, and maintain the leisure and catering concession at Barton's Point Coastal Park, Marine Parade, Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, ME12 2BX.

The site in total measures 31ha and currently consists of the Boat House Café, toilets, car parking, lake, play area, picnic area, camping area, former pitch and putt course, events field, model flying field (model aircraft community group), miniature

gauge railway (model engineering community group) and large areas of open space.

It sits on the edge of Sheerness, alongside Queenborough Lines which is the Napoleonic defence of Sheerness and a scheduled ancient monument. The site is over the road from the Shingle bank and a glorious stretch of open coastline. This area of coastline is popular with water sports and has launching facilities.

We believe the site has the potential to be a big tourist and local resident destination with an all year round offering.

The events field, operated by the Council, attracts fairgrounds and circuses on a regular basis and we believe this has further scope depending upon the proposals we receive.

The Council is seeking an experienced operator who can manage the various elements of the site which combine to make the overall concession as listed below under an appropriate agreement commencing from 1 October 2022.

 Boathouse (suitable for use as a café)

 Toilets/Showers

 Boating Lake

 Disused Pitch & Putt Course

 Camping Area (seasonal)

 Car Park

The old boathouse provides a good opportunity for a commercially focused provider to deliver a food & beverage provision for the coastal park. The internal part of the building will be cleared of all existing equipment and fittings ahead of occupation. Bidders are therefore advised to inspect the building and carefully consider the cost of providing catering equipment and any necessary works before submitting in their EOI. The Council would also entertain proposals for the replacement of this building and potential

alternative uses.

The Council is currently undertaking two upgrade projects at the site. The existing drainage provision is via a cesspool. However, SBC are committed to providing mains drainage for both the café and the new shower & toilet block. The existing toilet block is nearing the end of life. The Council is preparing a project of replacement which we expect to see completed by Spring 2023. This will provide new toilets and a system of showers and ancillary facilities to benefit the lake and camping activities.

In addition to these two key buildings, the Council is keen for the site to attract more visitors to the area, all year round, but in particular during the summer season. Innovative ideas are therefore sought on what additional offering could be created on the

other elements listed above.


About the Buyer

Contact name: Charlotte Knowles

Address: Swale Borough Council Swale House, East Street

Telephone: +44 1795417584

Fax: n/a


Value of Contract

Price Range: n/a