Issue details

Remodelling of Orchard House children's home

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.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: Cuckfield & Lucastes;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 02/02/2021

Decision due: March 2021 by Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

Lead member: Councillor Jacquie Russell

Contact: Thomas Strivens, Programme Manager Email: Tel: 033 022 22082.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.





Property and Assets

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553

Background3: Best Start in Life


Background papers