Decision details

Design & Cost Report and Tender Acceptance for the Learning Places permanent expansion at Cockburn John Charles Academy School.

Reference: D50694

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Director of Children’s & Families is requested to approve the extension of the existing dining hall at Cockburn John Charles Academy and associated works in order to provide sufficient school places within the area of need. This work will support an additional 90 pupils split over 2020 and 2021 ahead of a permanent expansion of the PAN to 240 in 2022.


The Director of Childrens & Families agreed to:


a)  Approve the expenditure of £2,150,924.03 from capital scheme number 33178/JCA/000 for the construction work and associated fees to facilitate a permanent expansion to the PAN of 30 places at Cockburn John Charles Academy. Executive Board approved authority to spend (ATS) based on a provisional sum of £2,278,732 on 18 September 2019 as costs were still being finalised for Phase 2 (ATS included Phase 1 ad Phase 2 works)


b)  Authorise acceptance of the tender submitted by Nu Construction Ltd as issued by Investors in the Community (Leeds Schools) Ltd the special purpose vehicle (SPV) responsible for managing the PFI contract, for the sum of £1,421,434,000 inclusive of all design fees, development costs and surveys (associated with Nu Construction Ltd)


c)  Approve the implementation of a City Council Change under the PFI contract with Investors in the Community (Leeds Schools) Limited for the works at the Cockburn John Charles Academy School PFI building, and approve the entering in to of any associated documentation including without limitation a deed of variation (if required). 


d)  Note this work will attract an annual revenue cost of £42,565.62 which includes additional catering / cleaning staff and the associated ‘life cycling’ as identified in the terms of the existing PFI contract. Of which, the annual revenue costs will be the responsibility of the Academy and charged accordingly.


e)  Note that the breakdown of project costs, highlighted in point 1 above, are detailed within section 4.4 of this report.


f)  Note the programme dates identified in section 4.4 of this report, in relation to the implementation of this decision. The programme dates represent the critical path for project success and must be adhered to wherever possible. 


g)  Note that the officer responsible for implementation is the Head of Projects & Programmes, City Development.


h)  Note the negotiations held with solicitors acting on behalf of INVESTORS IN THE COMMUNITY (LEEDS SCHOOLS) LIMITED;


i)  Give authority for the deed of variation of the PFI project agreement (the “Deed of Variation”) to be executed and completed between Leeds City Council and Investors in the Community (Leeds Schools) Limited to vary the PFI project agreement to accommodate the Phase 2 dining hall extension works at the Cockburn John Charles Academy, together with any other documentation required to facilitate Phase 2; and


j)  Give authority for any other necessary action to be taken to effect the Deed of Variation.


Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Wards Affected: Middleton Park;

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

Other reasons / organisations consulted

LCC officer have consulted with the school and governing body and a wider consultation led by the MAT and supported by LCC will take place in March 2020. Ward member and senior officer briefing will continue to take place throughout the design and delivery process.


Ward Members, school, governing body

Contact: Adele Robinson, Principal Development Officer, Built Environment 07891 276856 Email:

Publication date: 24/03/2020

Date of decision: 01/04/2020

Effective from: 09/04/2020

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