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Education Specialist Provision Phase 2 – to provide professional support to achieve a RIBA 4 and 5 design on a few different sites to tender for a Design and Build Contractor

Decision Maker: Director: Education and Skills

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Following the cabinet decision on Tuesday, 6th September, 2022 - to approve the acceptance, the allocation to specific projects, and the spend of capital grant from the Department of Education (DFE.) The approval will help deliver additional school capacity in order for the council to continue to meet its statutory obligation and help ensure sufficient mainstream and Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) school places are available in the city.
This decision will secure the Strategic Partnerships (Arcadis) professional services required to provide Project Management, Quantity Surveying and fulfil the Principal Design role up until the RIBA 4 and / or RIBA 5 design stage at a standard to tender for a Design and Build Contractor.


Approval to commission the Strategic Partner (Arcadis) to spend an additional £279,801.50. The Strategic partner is to provide additional Project Management Services for RIBA stages 4 and 5 for the following schemes in order for the Projects to be at a standard to tender for a Design and Build Contractor to complete the designs ready for construction:
•Harry Crook Centre
•North Star 82
•Sefton Park
•St Anne’s Infants:

Alternative options considered:

To return to the market either through the open market or consultant frameworks and re procure – not needed as we have already procured a strategic partner

Publication date: 25/03/2024

Date of decision: 18/03/2024