Decision details

Design & Cost Report and Tender Acceptance for the Learning Places Programme project to form the West Oaks School 'Headingley Learning' facility at Buckingham Road

Reference: D54543

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Expansion of ‘West Oaks SEN Specialist School and College’ from 350 pupils to 500 pupil with effect from September 2021.  The capital project required to achieve this will utilise the former Rose Court facility and, following refurbishment and conversion of the Grade II listed building, form a new SEN school.  This will be known as Headingley Learning and will be West Oaks third campus for the wider school.


The Director of Children & Families agreed to:

a)  Approve the expenditure of £9,767,967 from capital scheme number 33177/RCT/000 for the sufficiency works at West Oaks School to create the ‘Headingley Learning’ Campus.  Noting that this figure includes the tender sum in addition to all ancillary costs, for example, consultancy fees, surveys, furniture & equipment, ICT provision, client held contingency etc. It does not include any costs associated with purchase of the site.

b)  Authorise acceptance of the tender submitted by the Leeds Local Education Partnership, via Henry Boot Construction Ltd, in the sum of £7,324,441.  Noting that this is inclusive of all contract side design and development fees, including the previously approved sum of £1,360,365 necessary to undertake the ‘Early Works’ programme (DDN D54051, D54409 and D54531).

c)  Sanction the requirement to enter into a contractual agreement with D&B One Co. to deliver the West Oaks School ‘Headingley Learning’ sufficiency works.  This will take the form of a JCT contract between the Authority and Leeds D&B One Ltd. for the sum of £7,324,441. 

d)  Note that the programme dates identified in section 51 of this report, in relation to the implementation of this decision, represents the critical path for delivery of the project.

Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Wards Affected: Headingley and Hyde Park; Little London and Woodhouse; Wetherby;

Portfolio Holder: The Executive Member for Learning, Skills and Employment

Other reasons / organisations consulted

The formal proposal to expand the school was subject to a separate statutory consultation process.  The required construction project arising from this has been subject to separate and ongoing consultation.  Ward member briefings will take place periodically at key junctures. 


The proposal to expand West Oaks SEN Specialist School and College has been subject to the following consultees; Executive Member for Learning, Skills and Employment, Ward Members, Leeds City Council Planning Department (including landscape & urban design), Leeds City Council Highways Department, Leeds City Council Asset Management Department and staff at the existing school.  Local residents, parents and carers in the affected wards will be consulted prior to the planning submission.  Consultation is ongoing through development of the project.

Contact: Christopher Gosling, Estate Management - Development Officer 07891 276 855 Email:

Publication date: 05/10/2021

Date of decision: 13/10/2021

Effective from: 21/10/2021

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