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PSBP Phase 2 Announced

Wed 14 May 2014

The Minister of State for Schools David Laws has recently issued a statement announcing the Government’s plans for a second phase of the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP).

During the next spending review period from 2015-2021, the Government will fund a second phase of the PSBP with a value of around £2 billion aimed again at addressing the needs of some of the worst condition schools in the country. Whereas the original programme was aimed at addressing the condition of the whole of a school site, the second phase of the programme will also look at targeting individual school buildings so that the Department for Education can focus on addressing specific issues in the schools estate. The Department expect to have completed a property data survey by the summer and will use this to assess the scale and severity of condition need.

Local authorities, dioceses, academies and multi-academy trusts can submit expressions of interest for an entire school site or for one or multiple individual buildings. The Department has published initial application guidelines for the programme on its website, with further detailed information about the process due to follow in May which we will keep a close eye on and report further.

Whilst making his announcment, the Minister also hailed the success of the first phase of the programme so far with Whitmore Park Primary in Coventry becoming the first school to have its new building opened under the PSBP on 1 May 2014. The £5 million project comprises of a new build primary school for 630 pupils with a 39-place nursery and Whitmore Park Primary has become a model for PSBP schools, with procurement taking only 13 weeks and building works complete in just 11 months. Caroline Kiely, Executive Headteacher at Whitmore Park Primary School, said: “I’m sure the new school environment will make a real difference to the staff and children here at Whitmore Park.”

According to statistics, 28 other schools are also now under construction and design work has begun at 234 schools. All schools are due to be delivered by the end of 2017 - 2 years earlier than originally planned.

We continue to advise schools and dioceses on the programme and would be delighted to hear from you. We can also support you in relation to any capital project.

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