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Hunt begins for Maldon school expansion architect

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Plume School is on the lookout for a design team for a phased £13.5 million expansion of its two campuses in Maldon, Essex

The winning team will draw up an expansion strategy for the state secondary school’s Mill Road and Fambridge Road campuses.

The two sites – which host Plume’s lower and upper schools respectively – are expected to come under increasing pressure for places over the next three to eight years due to large-scale housing development in the area.

Mill Road will expand from capacity for 590 to 720 students while Fambridge Road will grow from 1,210 to 1,450 students.

The entire project will be delivered through a series of phases during which both campuses will remain open.

According to the brief: ‘Plume has a number of potential funding streams at its disposal; however the primary source of funding will be through Section 106 agreements provided by local housing developers.

‘Any future architectural partner must be able to demonstrate a strong previous experience of assisting in the negotiation of S106 infrastructure agreements, to ensure Plume maximises this stream of available funds.’

The document continued: ‘Other forms of funding likely to be sought will be from the Education Funding Agency Condition Improvement Fund expansion fund; again a strong background in successful bidding for these funds will be necessary from any partner.’

Founded in 1970, the comprehensive school is named after English churchman and philanthropist Thomas Plume who bequeathed his library of 7,000 books to Maldon.

Interviews will be held at the Fambridge Road Campus on 20 June. The deadline for submitting tenders is 12pm on 6 June.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Richard Scott
Director of Finance & Premises
Plume School
Fambridge Road

Email: R.Scott@Plume.essex.sch.uk

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