Decision details

Remodelling of Orchard House children's home - CYP04(20/21)

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Orchard House children’s home in Cuckfield is part of the Council’s Residential Service and caters for residential placements and short breaks for children with disabilities, with capacity for up to 16 children at one time. The home consists of;


·       The main building, separated into 2 wings,

·       Orchard Lodge, a stand-alone building on the premises, and

·       The home’s contact space, where supervised contact takes place between children and families


As part of phase 2 of the improvement programme to deliver the Residential Service Strategy approved by the Cabinet Member decision in October 2019 (CYP03(19.20)), remodelling and refurbishment works are required to resolve critical issues with the site, modernise the home and improve the facilities for those children resident at the home and those who undertake short breaks there.


It is proposed that two separate procurements take place to enable these improvements to proceed; one to cover works required to the supervised contact space and the other for the remodelling of the main site at Orchard House, incorporating the main building, lodge and grounds.


£397,000 has so far been approved from the capital programme for the design of the Orchard House site and a further £3.786m is requested, bringing the total estimated project cost to £4.183m.


The Cabinet Member for Children and Young People has approved the commencement of 2 separate procurement processes; the first for a contractor to deliver the works to the Contact Centre and the second for a contractor to deliver the works to the main building and Orchard Lodge, and delegates authority to the Executive Director of Children, Young People and Learning, in consultation with the Director of Property and Assets, to award the contracts.

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Publication date: 24/03/2021

Date of decision: 24/03/2021

Effective from: 07/04/2021

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