2018 Report details for project: Priority School Building Programme 2

Project name: Priority School Building Programme 2 - there are 3 reports for this project: 2016, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: DFE (D6) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2018 (data is from Sept 2017)
Category: Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: Within the Public School Building Programme 2 (PSBP2) individual blocks of accommodation at 277 schools will be rebuilt and/or refurbished using capital grant. The schools will be handed over by the end of 2021. To ensure value for money for the public sector, schools in both phases of the programme are grouped together to make projects (or batches) that will be commercially attractive and drive strong competition. This grouping of projects also allows us to take advantage of economies in procurement in terms of both time and cost. PSBP2 has 41 schools worth over £10m, one of which has its design and build contract awarded. The future pipeline of projects determining requirements on steel sourcing have been signalled to the market pre-procurement. This gives potential bidders sufficient time to prepare for competitive bidding under EFA frameworks; alternative frameworks and OJEU procurements.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: We continue to review and adapt our market strategy to identify further opportunities and solutions to drive value for money for the projects remaining in the programme pipeline. There is growing evidence of a significant increase in demand for construction capacity leading to cost pressures to deliver the programme to the agreed timeframe and capital budget. This is being addressed as more detailed feasibility assessments are made of the individual projects. PSBP2 is at an early stage of development and the SRO is confident that good progress is being made.
Start date: 2014-05-01
End date: 2022-12-31
Schedule text: PSBP2 although in the early stages does not at this point indicate any overall delays in delivery.
Baseline: £402.25m
Forecast: £100.91m
Variance: -75.00%
Variance text: PSBP2 was originally forecast to follow a smooth construction spend profile, however during the roll out, it immediately became clear that some of the forecasts were too ambitious; with the initial £77m planned for 2016/17 underspent by more than £50m. The main drivers behind this were that PSBP2 was mainly a block-based programme with a high percentage of refurbishment works. Feasibility studies were more complex compared to PSBP1, which meant they lasted longer. A major realignment in spring 2017 has allowed the programme to kick-off a number of feasibilities at once, reducing the time deficit and leading to relatively easier transitions in procurement and construction. This has ensured we maintain the original overall programme duration.
Whole Life Cost: £2,089.31m
WLCost text: Initial capital investment to address the poor condition of school buildings will avoid significant future costs to deal with a deteriorating estate and help to avoid any incidences of basic need pressure created through obsolescence.
Sourcefile: IPA_2018.csv

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