Councillors to decide fate of Monifieth Learning Campus after £10.5m cost hike
Councillors in Angus will be asked whether or not to proceed with the Monifieth Learning Campus after the total cost for the proposed new facility increased by £10.5 million to £66.5m.
A report set to go before the council’s Policy and Resources Committee on Tuesday will outline that the increase is the result of extreme volatility in construction costs, out with the control of Angus Council.
The local authority said it currently has an overall provision of £56m within its 2022 - 2027 Provisional Capital Budget to support the development of Monifieth Learning Campus.
The funding proposal for the project has been revised and means no increased borrowing for the council’s Capital Plan. It does include a proposal from Scottish Government Funding and Scottish Futures Trust to increase its notional funding by 11%1. Confirmation of this final funding award, which pending but this is now anticipated to total £28.67m (£24.57m originally awarded, plus £1.17m uplift per Report 152/22, plus £2.93m further uplift per this Report).
Angus Council leader, Cllr Beth Whiteside, said: “We were aware that there would be a significant increase in costs since the March committee. However, many of us feared it would be higher increase. I would like to pay tribute to officers for their hard work and diligence to successfully keep costs down as much as they have. This new school is really essential, as the current buildings are really not fit for purpose now, and definitely not for the future, so we remain committed to the project, recognising that this will impact on spending elsewhere.”
Education convener, Cllr Lynne Devine, added: “The designs for this new school are very exciting and will provide excellent facilities for both the staff, pupils and the community in Monifieth. We are committed to continually raising educational standards and this includes managing our school estate. Where better to invest our funds than in our young people who are the future of Angus?”