Decision details

School Estate Fabric Condition Programme

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Decisions:

The Executive Director for Economic Growth and Neighbourhood Services submitted a report seeking approval for the release of £6m of designated capital programme funding to carry out a three-year programme of works following surveys carried out across the Council’s community schools and nurseries to ascertain the current fabric condition of the buildings. The report also sought authority for the Executive Director for Economic Growth and Neighbourhood Services to enter into the contracts required to deliver the works.

 

The report noted that in 2020 Hampshire County Council’s building surveyors had carried out a borough wide survey of the Council’s school estate to establish the condition of the fabric of the buildings.  The survey had identified 1300 items of work totalling approximately £15m across all community schools and nurseries.  The requested funding of £6m aimed to cover the items identified as requiring urgent action or action within the next three years.

 

The report explained that the programme would benefit from the recently successful bid to the Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund which had been reported to Policy Committee on 18 January 2021 (Minute 85 refers). The offer of an additional Decarbonisation Grant of £1.293m, to be spent on school window replacements by the end of September 2021, would enable a marked acceleration of the windows replacement programme.

 

Resolved –

 

(1)      That the release of designated capital programme funding of £6m to deliver a three-year programme of works across Reading Council’s Community schools and nurseries, up to 31 March 2024 be approved;

 

(2)      That the Executive Director for Economic Growth and Neighbourhood Services be authorised to enter into the contracts required to deliver the works.

Publication date: 04/06/2021

Date of decision: 12/04/2021

Decided at meeting: 12/04/2021 - Policy Committee

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