2013 Report details for project: Priority School Building Programme

Project name: Priority School Building Programme - there are 2 reports for this project: 2013, 2014
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Organisation: DFE (D6) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2013 (data is from Sept 2012)
Category: Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: On 24 May, the Secretary of State confirmed that the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) would rebuild, or meet the condition needs of 261 schools. The majority of these schools will be delivered using an improved privately financed model. 42 schools of these schools – those in the very worst condition and all special schools included within the programme – will be taken forward using capital grant. Four specific objectives have been set: • to prioritise schools (primary/secondary/sixth form) for rebuilding via a privately financed solution (accepting that a privately financed solution requires those schools to pass a value for money test); • to build more for less; • to improve the future private finance model drawing on learning and experience from recent Building Schools for the Future (BSF) PFI deals, the HM Treasury review of operational PFI contracts, and Public Accounts Committee recommendations in response to the National Audit Office report; and • to use a centralised procurement model for the first group in the programme in order to drive efficiencies in procurement time and ensure that a quality solution is obtained at the lowest cost.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: Where requests have been received to expand schools, work is progressing to review these requests, to secure the additional funding and to undertake statutory consultations. Work has commenced with all the schools identified for delivery using capital grant and these will be delivered using the EFA Contractors' Framework. Work will commence with a third batch of privately financed schools prior to the end of the calendar year as planned. The process to appoint funding advisers to develop the private finance funding approach has commenced.
Start date: 2011-07-19
End date: 2044-08-01
Schedule text: The Project Start Date is 19 July 2011 when the invitation to apply for the Priority School Building Programme was issued. The programme will be delivered by grouping schools together into “batches”. The process to group the schools has taken into account a number of factors including condition, geography and commercial viability. This will drive a healthy competition for the work which will deliver value for money for the public purse. As far as possible, the needs of the schools in the worst condition will be addressed first. This is a significant programme of rebuilding and it will be delivered over a number of years. The EFA has written to all schools and applicants to confirm when initial engagement with them will start. The Project End Date is 1 August 2044 which is the end of the 25 year concession period for the last batch of schools.
Baseline: £4.50m
Forecast: £4.58m
Variance: 1.78%
Variance text:
Whole Life Cost: £397.00m
WLCost text: The whole life cost figures contain only the capital programme, as announced in May 2012, and excludes the revenue payments for private finance projects.
Sourcefile: DFE_2013.csv

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