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Children's Home Refurbishments (DfE capital funding)

Decision Maker: Executive Director: Children & Education (DCS)

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


In the 'DfE Capital Funding to develop two new Children’s Homes paper' taken to Cabinet in January 2023 delegated authority was given to the Executive Director Children's and Education in consultation with the Cabinet member for Children's, Education and Equalities to take all steps required to procure and award the contract(s) necessary for the implementation of a Tier 3.5 and an Adolescent Males Children’s Home and commission a provider to run the homes, in-line with the maximum budget envelopes outlined in this report.
Approval has been given to secure all professional services required. The construction project for a children’s home and two self-contained pods in the grounds, for adolescent males aged 15-17+ with challenging and aggressive behaviours, requires professional services for the completion of the construction phase and will provide a therapeutic treatment setting for restorative care, for young men with criminal justice involvement, where exploitation is part of their risk profile.
Funding from the DfE includes the professional services and costs involve the scoping of the bid by Mott MacDonald.


Approval to contract the Strategic Partnership to provide client-side Project Management, QS Services and TA Services from RIBA Stage 3 to Stage 6b Handover to create two new Children’s homes out of existing BCC owned buildings as per the delegated authority decided by Cabinet on the 24th January 2023.

Alternative options considered:

In-house oversight, but capacity to oversee this programme is limited.

Publication date: 18/05/2023

Date of decision: 12/05/2023