PFI PPP Safety Audit

Stuart Gamblin made this Freedom of Information request to Ceredigion Council

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Dear Ceredigion Council,

This request for information is an attempt to seek reassurance about the safety of public buildings in the light of the findings revealed in the Inquiry commissioned following the collapse of a school building wall in Edinburgh and subsequent closure of 17 schools.

Please answer the following for each PFI/PPP schemes in the local authority area treating each scheme as a separate request.

Please provide all documents showing how your organisation has responded to the findings contained in the report on Edinburgh Schools Construction by John Cole: including, but not limited to memos, emails, minutes, reports.

I would like to understand the expertise and resource committed by your organisation to the management and oversight of PFI schemes from procurement through to ongoing contract operation. Please provide documents relating to the PFI Team(s) allocated to each project its makeup and structure of the team during each project phase. This may comprise terms of reference, organisation chart, post titles and role profiles.

Provide the deed of appointment for the Independent Certifier and any other documents setting out the scope of that role. Please confirm the level of indemnity insurance and liability period.

Please confirm whether your organisation employed a member of the Institute of Clerk of Works or an inspector of similar standing and assigned them to each construction site. If someone in this role was employed please confirm their level of qualification, the salary associated with this role and how much time was allocated to per project/site.

Please provide a list of all enforcement or improvement notices served; investigations carried out and reports commissioned into fire safety (include dates and specify who commissioned or issued these) Please provide copies of all items listed.

Provide details of all attempts to make deductions relating to structural defects for each project. Confirm the amount, what it was for, and when the deduction was made.F

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Gamblin

Ceredigion CE Freedom Of Information, Ceredigion Council

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Dear Mr Gamblin


I refer to your email dated 22 May 2017.  I am writing to inform you that
your correspondence is being dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act.


We aim to respond to you in full within 20 working days from receipt of
your correspondence and will let you know if it is going to take longer.


Yours sincerely


Mair Hemming

Business Support Team Leader

For Paul Arnold

Head of Technical Services


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Ceredigion CE Freedom Of Information, Ceredigion Council

Dear Stuart Gamblin


Please find the response to your FOI request below:


Ceredigion County Council has only entered into one PFI contract agreement
for the construction of a public building.


This was for the construction of Penweddig School in Aberystwyth almost 20
years ago (Penweddig School PFI Project).  The work towards developing
this contract started in 1997, and the project on site commenced on 16th
September 1999.

A small team of officers within the Local Authority coordinated the
procurement and project work, and professional services were provided by
external appointed consultants e.g. Finance, Legal, Quantity Surveyors


The agreement was between Ceredigion County Council and Newschools
(Penweddig) Limited – a special purpose company set up for the delivery of
the project.  Newschools (Penweddig) Ltd delivered all works and provision
of services, for a new fit for purpose building for a period of 30 years.


The building contract was between Newschools and Wates Construction

The facilities management agreement is between Newschools and one or more
third parties with whom they engage for the provision of soft services
during the course of the contract with Ceredigion County Council.


The Head of Educational Finance and Resources within Learning Services
currently has the responsibility within their role for contract monitoring
in relation to finance and availability performance.


The Council has not commissioned any structural report as a result of John
Cole’s report on Edinburgh Schools Construction, as the building does not
belong to the Council. However, the Council is aware that Newschools have
arranged a survey -  the report on which will be made available to the


I hope that this information will be of assistance but if you have any
complaints in relation to this FOI response the Council does operate an
internal appeals procedure. If you wish to utilise this procedure then
please write to, Mr Alun Williams, Cyngor Sir Ceredigion County Council,
Neuadd Cyngor Ceredigion, Penmorfa, Aberaeron, Ceredigion, SA46 0PA or via
email through [1][Ceredigion Council request email].




FOI Team



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