Cowes Enterprise College, which is still suffering from problems.
MONTHS after the troubled Cowes Enterprise College was signed off by Isle of Wight Council bosses, the roof still leaks, doors need replacing and there are concerns over ventilation and temperature control in parts of the building.
The so-called 'snagging’ and design problems at the £32 million school were revealed in a report published ahead of Tuesday’s Isle of Wight Council cabinet meeting when leading councillors will be asked to hand the debacle over to Hampshire County Council property services to complete.
As previously reported, the council had been forced to appoint a new builder to finish the final phase of the project, which includes the demolition of the old school and the creation of a multi-use games area, after the previous contractor, Pihl UK, went into administration.
The council said the final bill would depend on the level of works agreed but it had committed £30,000 to start work with Hampshire to identify the problems.
The project has been plagued by delays, which started in December 2008 when the procurement process was aborted following legal advice the process was not compliant with regulations.
The cabinet papers reveal White Young Green (WYG), outside consultants drafted in to manage the project following the departure of the then interim head of strategic procurement in August 2009, had raised concerns about timings.
They also reveal the eventual successful bidder, Pihl, was initially deselected before being invited back when another firm withdrew.
The building was signed off in May and opened in September — a year late.
One of the current issues facing the school is the ongoing running and maintenance costs of the 150 air conditioning units that were placed on the roof at a late stage, when the contractor said the initial design was unable to be carried out. The ICT contract has also yet to be signed off.
According to the cabinet paper, the council does not have the in-house resources, skills or capacity to ensure the school is finished and handed over to the new proposed academy.