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Luton Building Schools for the Future programme

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The contracting authorities are seeking an innovative private sector partner or partners to participate and invest in a new Public Private Partnership Vehicle (a 'Local Education Partnership' or 'LEP') to be established jointly with some or all of the contracting authorities.

The LEP will provide (or arrange for the provision of) 'Partnering Services', which will include (but not be limited to) the development of a strategic investment programme for educational and other facilities ('Relevant Facilities') in the contracting authorities' area. The relevant facilities may include some or all of the following: (

a) educational facilities (which will include secondary schools and may include primary schools, academies, trust schools and other places of primary, secondary and tertiary education and may also include pre-school facilities and university facilities);

(b) other children’s services facilities (including children's homes, Surestart facilities, after-school club facilities and youth clubs); (

c) space for general use both by schools and by the community including community meeting spaces), offices for use by the contracting authorities, and other facilities for public use in the Borough which include youth facilities, adult education and community learning facilities, business enterprise centres and libraries; (

d) leisure facilities (including swimming pools, sports facilities and leisure centres); (

e) community facilities, whether co-located with any of the above facilities or freestanding (including halls, drop-in centres, crèches, sheltered workshops, and offices and workshops designed to allow flexible working arrangements);

(f) social service facilities (including sheltered accommodation, Social Care and day centres);

(g) office and other working accommodation for any of the contracting authorities;

(h) the rationalisation of the operational, commercial and industrial estate of any of the contracting authorities;

(i) facilities for health and other community services;

(j) social and affordable housing;

(k) joint service centres (i.e. centres for use by multiple public services e.g. primary care);

(l) arts and museum facilities; and

(m) street lighting and related highways activities (including provision of street furniture).

These Partnering Services will also comprise the following:

(a) strategy advisory services;

(b) programme management services;

(c) project development services; (

d) procurement consultancy services; and

(e) procurement and delivery or management of all services required to deliver the strategic investment programme for the Relevant Facilities (including through the provision, integration and management of supply chain arrangements).

It is anticipated that such services may include:

(i) architectural and design services;

(ii) engineering services;

(iii) construction services;

(iv) technical services;

(v) building services;

(vi) hard facilities management services;

(vii) soft facilities management services;

(viii) information communication and technology ('ICT') services;

(ix) educational support services;

(x) education programme development services;

(xi) educational strategy services;

for a period of up to 15 years, as more fully described in the information memorandum and descriptive document.

The Relevant Facilities, which may be a mixture of new build and refurbished facilities, will be delivered under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and/or design and build arrangements.

The programme is likely to cover the whole of the Borough's current estate of 11 secondary schools and additionally to include the rebuilding of two academies.

It is likely to be spread across four phases of development within BSF Waves 3 and 6, and is likely to include six schools within Wave 3 and seven schools within Wave 6. Two sample schemes are envisaged, one using the PFI and the other a design and build refurbishment. The two academies will be designed by the authority and novated to preferred bidder.

Details: Anita Nancollas, Luton Borough Council, Children and Learning, 3rd Floor, Unity House, 111 Stuart Street, Luton LU1 5NP. Tel. 01582 547063. E-mail: anita.nancollas@luton.gov.uk. web: www.luton.gov.uk.

EU code: 2007-284219-EN

Apply by: 10.1.2008 - 12:00

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