Decision details

Specialist Commercial heat network advice to City Leap

Decision Maker: Executive Director: Growth and Regeneration

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


City Leap is a key project being undertaken by the council to enable it to respond to the Climate Emergency declared by the council in November 2018 and the subsequent adoption of the ambition of Bristol being a carbon neutral city by 2030.
To support the council in its delivery against this ambition, City Leap aims to deliver at least £1bn of investment in Bristol’s energy system over the next 10 years, delivering a cleaner, greener, healthier city for the benefit of all its residents and businesses.
There is a requirement for highly specialised commercial advisory services, including directly relevant energy sector-specific knowledge and experience, to support a successful conclusion to the ongoing City Leap procurement exercise for a Strategic Partner, who will bring very substantial investment and delivery capability to enable the aim of £1bn of investment in the city’s energy system to be achieved.


Appointment of specialist consultants to provide commercial advice and expertise in order to refine and improve the presentation of the commercial business model for the council’s heat network, which forms a key part of the overall business case for City Leap which will be presented to potential Strategic Partners as part of the City Leap procurement exercise.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - Not appointing consultants to provide this service.
Option 2 -
Option 3 -

Publication date: 25/11/2019

Date of decision: 21/11/2019