Issue details

Award of contract for remodelling works at May House and Seaside Children's Homes

The children’s in-house residential service is made up of six homes, of which three, including Seaside and May House, are currently closed and awaiting refurbishment whilst feasibility studies and design work have been undertaken.


A strategy for the in-house residential service was approved by the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People in October 2019 (decision reference CYP03(19/20)).  This included a proposal to re-open Seaside and May House with a revised delivery model.


In order to implement this proposal, Seaside and May House will be remodelled, ensuring the most efficient use of the existing footprint of the homes whilst maximising the potential service offering of the sites. Seaside children’s home will deliver both ‘edge of care’ services and training for independence for those leaving care, while May House will provide emergency placements for looked after children with very complex needs.


A decision to commence a procurement process for the works to remodel both homes was taken by the Executive Director Children, Young People and Learning in May 2020 (decision reference OKD09 (20/21)). The procurement has now taken place and, following full financial and technical evaluation, this report recommends that the contract is awarded to A&F Pilbeam.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: Northbrook; Shoreham South;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 19/02/2020

Decision due: August 2020 by Executive Director Children, Young People and Learning

Lead member: Lucy Butler, Executive Director Children, Young People and Learning

Lead director: Lucy Butler

Contact: Susan Tanner, Assistant Director Children's Commissioning Email: Tel: 033 022 22002.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Executive Director Children, Young People and Learning via the author or officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553

Background3: Best Start in Life


Background papers

  • Officer Key Decision (OKD09 20/21)