Property and Construction Advice and Management of Construction Projects
The Asset Management Service provides professional advice on the acquisition, development and disposal of property assets and the project management of construction projects including commissioning external consultants and contractors.
The Service has a wide and diverse range of construction and property professionals and is ideally placed to provide strategic advice and support to Schools, Trusts and Academies on the management of their estate.
The PROPERTY SERVICES TEAM can provide strategic property advice and support to Schools, Trusts and Academies on general estate management, including licencing and sub leasing.
The PROPERTY PROJECTS TEAM can provide professional advice on the procurement and management of School construction projects, including providing access to the Council’s strategic Framework Agreements for construction and consultancy services. For larger schemes the team are also experienced in utilising regional Frameworks such as the North West Construction Hub.
ADDITIONAL SERVICES (Property Projects Team)
Construction Project Management - Increased flexibility for schools to promote their own projects brings with it additional responsibilities in terms of project management of the procurement and construction processes, the key objectives being that the works undertaken fulfil the school’s needs, meet statutory requirements, offer value for money and be implemented in a safe and timely manner. The school must satisfy itself that it has sufficient management experience to undertake the project and in particular Health and Safety competence required to be able to appoint a Principal Designer and Principal Contractor under the statutory CDM regulations.
The Council’s Property Projects Team can provide the required construction project management expertise to support Schools through the development process, from inception, feasibility and design development through to construction, contract completion and handover.
Once appointed a designated Construction Project Manager will be allocated to a project to work with the School, managing the project through design and construction, commissioning and appointing design consultants and procuring the main contractor through OJEU compliant frameworks as outlined above.
Trusts and Academies may wish to consider an alternative approach currently being used with a number of Academies whereby Children and Families, in conjunction with the Property Projects Team, develop the scheme through feasibility and pre-construction services. Once this stage has been completed and the design, planning outcome and target cost are known, the Property Projects Team can then be directly appointed to manage the project through to completion.