Sites needed for new schools

  • 20th January 2024

LocateED, the Government-owned education property advisory firm, has published its first list of live site requirements for 2024.

Incorporated in 2016, LocateED was established to buy and develop sites for the Government’s Free Schools Programme and has a framework agreement with the Department for Education.

It has individual acquisition budgets to spend on sites that can deliver 10,000-175,000sq ft of gross internal floor area on brownfield, greenfield, and mixed-use sites as well as in existing buildings that can satisfy size requirements, making it one of the largest land purchasers in the UK.

In its January site requirements list, it shows the most demand is in the North and South of England, where there are requirements for 253,000sq ft and 198,000sq ft of floorspace respectively.

A further 160,00sq ft of floorspace is needed in London and 50,000sq ft in the Midlands and East Anglia.

Possible sites could include whole or part buildings with development or extension capacity, land and development sites on or off market, derelict and heritage buildings, and space on wider developments.

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