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Expansion of Lime Academy Parnwell - DEC17/CMDN/77

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education Skills and University

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Approval for the expansion of Lime Academy Parnwell from 1.5 form entry  to 2 form entry. Construction of double Multi –use games area (MUGA)  and additional classrooms


The Cabinet Member, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Resources is requested to:


Authorise the construction of new school buildings to accommodate the expansion of Lime Trust Academy Parnwell up to the value of the budget sum of £3m, subject to the Council obtaining consent pursuant to section 77 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1988. This sum shall include the anticipated design and build contract costs of and funding for Information and Communications Technology (ICT), all site surveys and project management and technical advisers fees.


Authorise the Corporate Director, People and Communities in consultation with the Interim Corporate Director: Resources and legal services to award the contract for the construction works to the successful contractor from Lot 3 of the Peterborough City Council Construction Framework following the mini-competition process.


Authorise the Director of Governance or delegated officers to enter into any other legal documentation on behalf of the Council in relation to this matter

Reasons for the decision:

The Local Authority has a statutory duty to provide school places.  There are significant pressures on the city to provide school places in the areas most in need.  The decision to expand Lime Trust Academy Parnwell was made by the Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and University following review of demographic data as part of the School Organisation Plan 2015-2020. (updated 2016)


As a result of the above, Lime Trust Academy Parnwell is expanding to two forms of entry. The proposed scheme will :


-           Provide 4 new classrooms

-           Re-locate the car parking at the school to maximise the number of spaces available

-           Internal refurbishment of staff room and admin areas

-           Create a corridor which links the existing buildings internally to the new block

Provide two double MUGAs


Alternative options considered:

The following options were considered and rejected:


To do nothing – this option was rejected due to the shortage of primary pupil places in the area and the Local Authority’s statutory duty to provide sufficient school places.


Other schools within the area were considered for expansion but rejected by the Children’s Services Capital Projects Board, as demographic data demonstrates the need for expansion in the catchment area of Lime Trust Academy Parnwell. 


To tender to the construction market for a contractor – this option was rejected due to the timescales and costs of the tender process which would have meant that it would not be possible to complete the works in order for the accommodation to be available for September 2019.


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Publication date: 22/12/2017

Date of decision: 22/12/2017

Effective from: 05/01/2018

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