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Decision Maker
Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Good Growth
Scheme and Estimate Report: Provision of a semi-independent living space for young people at Broadwalk Children’s Home and the Conversion of an existing School House to an Adolescent Assessment Resource & Residential Centre (AARRC)
Is a Key Decision:
Due Date
Tue 19 Apr 2022
Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills
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Decision Maker:
Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald
Decision Outcome

1.1         Noted that the Council was successful in its bids to the Department for Education (DfE) for the Children’s Homes Capital Programme 2021-23 and was awarded two separate DfE grants (Appendix A and Appendix B) to contribute funding towards the:

1.1.1    Development of a short stay Adolescent Assessment Resource & Residential Centre (AARRC); providing up to £120,914.76 towards completion of the conversion works at Combwell Crescent to support adolescents aged 11 to 17 suffering from placement instability or breakdown as well as outreach provision (“the AARRC scheme”).

1.1.2    Creation of integrated ‘staying close’ provision at Broadwalk Children’s Home; providing up to £110,000 towards installation of a self-contained semi-independent studio unit for young people aged 17 years, who are currently in our care to help them transition to independent living (“the Broadwalk scheme”).

1.2         Noted that on 24th February 2022 Full Council approved the updated corporate capital programme within the Treasury Management and Capital Strategy 2022/23. The corporate capital programme contained approved unallocated contingencies that can fund the additional £110,000 required for the Broadwalk scheme.

1.3         Noted that on 15th March 2021 the Cabinet Lead for Regeneration and Good Growth approved a Scheme and Estimate (S&E) report for the conversion of an existing School House to a C2 Short Stay Adolescent Residential Assessment Unit, Combwell Crescent. Since agreement of the S&E, unforeseen events during construction have meant an increase in the initial estimate and this increase is being met through the grant referred to in 1.1 above.

1.4         Delegated to the Director of Children’s Services in consultation with the Director of Legal Services and Director of Finance to enter into the grant agreements relating to 1.1.1 and 1.1.2 above with the DfE.

1.5         Agreed a match funding contribution from the Council towards 1.1.1 and 1.1.2 and note that this report represents the scheme and estimate report required to proceed with the development of the Broadwalk Scheme and budget variation of the AARRC scheme.

1.6        Noted that a building contract for the Broadwalk scheme has not yet been tendered and the detailed design work is to be finalised. Whilst there is a risk allowance built into the budget to cater for this, due to the stage the project is at, it is difficult to accurately predict the project costs. Award of contract is to follow the appropriate delegated process.

1.7         Delegated to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise, and Skills in consultation with the Director of Children’s Services the authority to vary the schemes in accordance with identified priorities.


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Kidbrooke with Hornfair


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Date & Time CreatedUser Full NameStatus DescriptionDetails
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15/03/2022 22:12:35Daniel WilkinsonBusiness Item Created 
15/03/2022 22:12:42Daniel WilkinsonStatus ChangedDecision Proposed [2]
15/03/2022 22:15:15Daniel WilkinsonWard AddedKidbrooke with Hornfair
15/03/2022 22:16:31Daniel WilkinsonContacts Edited 
21/03/2022 12:53:30Toyin ShobowaleGeneral Details Edited 
13/04/2022 11:11:07Daniel WilkinsonGeneral Details Edited 
19/04/2022 11:56:30Daniel WilkinsonGeneral Details Edited 
19/04/2022 11:56:37Daniel WilkinsonStatus ChangedDecision Subject To Call In [3]
19/04/2022 11:58:11Daniel WilkinsonReport AddedDocument ID 43209: Report
26/04/2022 10:03:11Daniel WilkinsonStatus ChangedImplemented [7]


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