The Infrastructure Delivery Team deliver the council's capital programme by administering and project managing the spend of capital budgets on a wide range of infrastructure including schools, highways and waste.
School Property and Maintenance
Working with schools and consultants, the Infrastructure Delivery Team uses building surveys to prioritise and deliver the annual school building capital maintenance programme. School condition surveys were last undertaken in 2013/14 by MITIE Compliance and are available to schools. More information and guidance can be found on the Property and Maintenance section of these Infrastructure Delivery pages, including access to the School Property Handbook.
The extent to which priorities can be met depends on maximising the funds available. An important part of the team's work, therefore, concerns the overall management of the LA's capital finances - bidding for resources, managing expenditure in line with capital approvals and dealing with relevant standards fund grants and other specific funding initiatives. More information can be found in the Funding section of these Infrastructure Delivery pages. The Project Notification/Landlord Consent form can also be accessed here.
The most tangible evidence of the team's work comes in the form of capital schemes to provide new and re-modelled facilities at schools. These are primarily ‘Basic Need’ schemes which are part of the Council’s approved capital programme. A small team of project managers works with schools and consultants to help develop schemes that meet the long term strategic planning needs of schools within the resources available. Their work ranges across the preparation of school development plans, initial feasibility studies, commissioning consultants and the management of project design teams to help ensure that schemes are managed and delivered to approved timescales and budgets.
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Asbestos Surveys and building works
Was your school built before 2000 and are you planning to have any building works completed in your school in the near future?
That can mean changes to the fabric of the building e.g. an extension, knocking two rooms into one, turning one room into two rooms, upgrading your fire doors or windows or even laying new IT cables. Before you do any of this, the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) require you to arrange for an Asbestos Refurbishment and Demolition Survey to be undertaken by a competent asbestos surveyor.
You will already have an Asbestos Management Survey for the whole school allowing you to manage known asbestos containing material on a day to day basis. However, this is not an intrusive survey and will not meet the requirements of the CAR when carrying out building works such as those mentioned. An Asbestos Refurbishment and Demolition Survey is an intrusive survey, enabling the surveyor to find any asbestos so it can be removed before the works go ahead.
Failure to do this is not only against the law it can cause your employees, pupils and others to be exposed to asbestos fibres, which can cause cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
If in any doubt about the works you are planning you should consult your school's Property Consultant.
Further information is available on the Health and Safety pages. You can also contact the Health and Safety support desk on 0333 013 9818 or e-mail HS@essex.gov.uk or contact the Infrastructure and Delivery team on 0333 013 3402.