Decision details

Feasibility study at Thorn Grove Primary School for replacement of existing 1 form entry school to 2 form entry

Decision Maker: Deputy Chief Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Deputy Chief Executive has awarded a contract to Bowker Sadler Partnership Ltd to carry out feasibility and design work in relation to the possible expansion or replacement of Thorn Grove Primary School.


The Estates and Asset Management (EAM) team are in the process of undertaking the feasibilities for the Marple Area review with the support of to the appointment of external Design Consultants. One of these is for a feasibility study at Thorn Grove Primary School, Woodstock Avenue, Cheadle Hulme, for replacement of existing 1 form entry school to 2 form entry. Options to extend or replace. Scheme with costings and programme required.

An initial briefing process has been undertaken involving the Head of Thorn Grove Primary, SMBC Education, Robertson Asset Management and the EAM Design Technical Services Management. This process has formulated a feasibility brief for the external consultants to work to.

7 Consultancy firms were identified from a pre-selected list with 2 practices tendering for the feasibility at Thorn Grove together with separate quotes for feasibilities at Rose Hill and All Saints Marple. (See separate ODR’s for Rose Hill and All Saints Marple Primaries).

Both consultant quotes were valid and assessed by EAM Design Technical Services and Robertson Asset Management. It was agreed with STaR that the proposals would not be marked on social value due to the limited options for implementation during feasibility. That said comments were requested and given by the two consultancies. Both submissions were assessed on cost and quality. The successful consultant was Bowker Sadler Partnership Ltd.


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Decision Reference: OEDDCE57

Declarations or conflicts of Interest: None

Contact: Charlotte Cordingley Email: Tel: 0161 474 4240.

Publication date: 28/10/2019

Date of decision: 08/08/2019

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