Issue details

Procurement of Mortuary Services for West Sussex

The County Council provides mortuary services throughout the county for the bodies of those who die in West Sussex where the death is referred to the Coroner. Current arrangements for this service are due to expire in 2019.


An open procurement process to determine a future model for this provision has been undertaken by the County Council from May 2018.  This process includes the option of a new mortuary built by a third party for use by the County Council to meet the service need.


The Cabinet Member will be asked to agree proposals for future mortuary services for West Sussex and if appropriate to delegate authority to the Director of Communities to award a contract to the successful bidder for a design and build project to run from October 2018, subject to the submission of a satisfactory bid. 


The contract would need to overlap with the existing contracts to ensure the seamless provision of essential services during the design and any build phase.  The existing contracts may be terminated on six months’ notice once the progress of a design and build contract is clear and a date for the commencement of the new arrangement is established.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 division;

Decision status: For Determination

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 04/06/2018

Decision due: May 2019 by Cabinet Member for Adults and Health

Lead member: Councillor Amanda Jupp

Contact: Rachel North, Director of Communities Email: Tel: 033 022 22681.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Adults and Health at County Hall, Chichester by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.



There has been market consultation with seven potential suppliers.

Democratic Services Contact: Erica Keegan Tel: 033 022 26050

Background3: A Council that Works for the Community

Background papers