Decision details

Award of contract for the refurbishment of the current school building and to build a single storey block with flexible spaces at Marshfields School – JAN20/CMDN/69

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education, Skills and the University

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet Member, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Resources:


  1. Authorised the construction of a single storey building comprising three flexible classroom/studio spaces to replace an existing temporary mobile together with some refurbishment of the existing school buildings at Marshfields School up to the value of the budget sum of £1.9m, 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.


  1. Authorised 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 2 of the Peterborough City Council Construction Framework following the mini-competition process.


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


  1. Authorised the refurbishment and expansion of  Marshfields School  subject to planning consent being obtained followed by approval at the Delegated Members Approval meeting.


Reasons for the decision:

A recent report has been commissioned into the SEN sufficiency covering both Peterborough and Cambridge SEN schools. The report has highlighted a short fall in elements around the type and number of specialist classrooms in the current provision as compared to the BB103 guidance for SEN buildings.


Alternative options considered:

The following options were considered and rejected:


To do nothing – this option was rejected due to the short fall in specialist classroom provision within the current provision as compared to the BB104 guidance for SEN buildings and need to replace temporary buildings.


To tender the project outside of the framework.  – This option was rejected due to the timescales and costs of the tender process. This approach will save council resources and ensure that school projects can be completed within required timescales.



Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Background Documents:

·         School Organisation Plan 2015-2020

·         Medium Term Financial Plan


Publication date: 08/01/2020

Date of decision: 08/01/2020

Effective from: 14/01/2020

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