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Building Update

Building update: 1st September 2017

As we prepare for the start of the new academic year on Tuesday 5 September, below is an update of where we are in the temporary and permanent building programs that have continued to be worked on over the summer holidays.

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Temporary Work for September

Work has been carried out on the outside area to enable the space to be better utilised while Braywick School remain in temporary accommodation.  These works include removing the raised beds and tarmacking the area and resurfacing of grassed areas.  Three new canopies will be arriving before the end of September.

‘The Launch Pad’ hut in the corner of the playground will also soon be available and refurbished for use by the school.

The bus service will also resume on Tuesday 5 September – please refer to the information you were given before the holidays. Early Birds will run from the Children’s Centre from 7.30am and all drop offs to school will be via the Children’s Centre. Reception children will be dropped on to their classroom while they settle in. Parents are able to use the Children’s Centre car park, but are asked to park considerately. Please have children in school by 8.40am.

Temporary Work for January

The plans for the additional classrooms and space to be installed for January 2018 in the extended area for the school remain on course.  Leases and plans have progressed over the summer, though there has been an amendment to the plans in consultation with Riverside School.

This change to temporary building configuration and the additional space required by Riverside School has meant that the planning application has had to be withdrawn and re-submitted as soon as possible.

To ensure that the originally announced deadline is not missed, the ESFA have agreed to move ahead with preparing for the installation of the temporaries assuming that planning will be approved.  So the units will be ordered and contracts let for the ground work of the mobiles, so that when planning is anticipated to be approved in early November, work can begin straight away.  Further details will be provided on 15 September, when planning is expected to have been submitted.

Permanent Building

Despite the slower progress in terms of discussions and approval for the ITT, progress continues to be made and remain on track with the timeline below.








Building Update

As we move toward the construction and completion of our new exciting state-of-the-art building, below is an update on progress and where we are on our timeline.

Temporary Accommodation

Braywick Court School are preparing to enhance the temporary at Riverside School for the duration up to summer 2019.  Plans are in place for enhanced of the excellent temporary facilities, with further space expected to be delivered for January 2018.

Summer 2017 works update

·         All is going to plan for work to take place over the summer holidays: resurfacing the playground, tarmacking the raised beds area and erecting canopies for outdoor learning.

·         We have not been able to secure funding for the temporary Cotaplan unit on the newly tarmacked area, so Year 3 will use the Dinosaur Room as their classroom until the temporaries are ready for use on the field.

·         All activities have already been accommodated outside of the Dinosaur Room apart from dining. More details on this will follow when term starts. Please remember it will be cold lunches for the first week of term, as per the newsletter.

Extending the temporary accommodation for January

·         Plans are progressing for the double unit on the field.

·         The planning submission has been validated and the planning officer has been on site. 

·         This work strand still remains within the existing programme.


Permanent Building Update

As you will be aware, there has been no physical developments with the building programme for the permanent building for Braywick Court School. 

We are pleased the ESFA continue to be supportive of our school as designed, and are in the process of formalising an increased budget before re-tendering to seek a new contractor, which will start in July 2017. 

To enable us to move forward as quickly as possible, the ESFA have agreed with our recommendation to split the works into two contracts: one for demolition of the current building and one for building our new school.  The build contract will not include an element for design – this will remain the same and be utilised by the new contractor.  This will enable the demolition to take place at the earliest opportunity.

The ESFA will be begin procuring a demolition contractor in early-July.  Once the demolition contractor is appointed demolition is scheduled to be undertaken between September and December 2017 and will allow for a 6-week archaeological dig after the demolition.   

To minimise further delay the tendering process for a new contractor is also currently planned to start in July, with the contractor to be appointed by the time the demolition is completed.  As the works are now over the OJEU limit, the EFSA are required to utilise their framework which is OJEU compliant – meaning part of the tendering process has been pre-approved. 

The building tendering timeline:

·         Invitation to tender to be issued – July 2017 (not yet published)

·         Evaluation of tender returns – September/October 2017

·         Contact appointment – November 2017

·         Pre-construction services agreement (PCSA) – December 2017 to March 2018

·         Contractor Proposal sign-off – February 2018 – March 2018

·         Construction phase – April 2018 – summer term 2019.

With all the work being undertaken, the ESFA inform us that under the newly tendered contract, works should be completed by late summer term 2019.  This is always subject to a huge number of caveats and could be subject to change, but it is the ESFA’s best guess at the programme subject to agreements and approvals at various stages. 

With the demolition phase starting in the autumn, it will enable the site to be clear and allow further surveys of the site, which sometime impedes progress through the construction phase.