As technical advisors to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea we developed an Outline Business Case, which included a feasibility study, for five schools operated by the Borough: the Cardinal Vaughan RC Memorial School, St Thomas More Language College, Sion Manning Girls’ School, Latimer Education Centre, and Parkwood Hall, which is a residential SEN school in Kent.
The aim of the OBC was to agree a brief for development with the schools, setting out options appraisals, cost estimates, an affordability assessment and a procurement strategy. We did this in consultation with all the schools and in response to their ethos and vision.
Initially we undertook the Strategy for Change 2, which was part of the government’s Building Schools for the Future programme, developing pre-feasibility design concepts. We then helped prepare the Invitation to Tender (ITT) for Cardinal Vaughan School, which was to be the sample scheme. Further consultation was carried out, together with a detailed analysis of the school’s existing building stock, curriculum requirements and managerial systems in order to work the school’s vision into a realistic control option. This option comprises elements of remodel, refurbishment and demolition, as well as new build extension to the main buildings. The proposal addresses key issues identified as obstacles to current teaching and learning, such as insufficient and inadequate teaching and resource spaces; it also considers the school’s future growth and flexibility to cope with the demands of an evolving curriculum.
The proposal also looked carefully at programming and phasing a building on a tight urban site, which was to become a new and improved school entrance.