You are required to prepare a 3,000 word report to the Client, Grove Park School,
addressing the issues raised in the scenario below.
Your report must be fully referenced and include a bibliography.
Scenario for the report
Mills and Mellor LLP, a small property development company, have been contacted
by an independent school, Grove Park, seeking a developer partner to look at land
next to the school as the site for their new sports centre and a mixed use development.
The land currently has two low rise light industrial buildings on it: a car maintenance
workshop ‘Windmill Motors’, and a metal fabricators. The site was abandoned
following the demise of both small businesses and has been left in a bad state with
rusting cars and other debris. It has been the victim of fly-tippers and there is also an
electrical sub-station at the back of the site and some buried power cables, the
location of which is unknown.
The site is bordered on one side by the Wendle, a small watercourse that has become
silted up and polluted, and by a small low-rise housing estate on the other side.
In the middle of the site are the remains of an old windmill, dating from the mid-19th
century and a reminder of the area’s rural past, which has been used for storing
The local council which owns the site had hoped to sell the site for housing but there
has been little interest. It has now offered it to the school at a discount so that they
can build a new sports centre but they still like to see some flats developed on the site,
as well as some commercial use (artist’s studios), and they have indicated that the
developer selected by the School to build the new sports’ centre should also develop
the rest of the site to provide residential accommodation and artists’ studios.
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Grove Park’s initial budget for the purchase of the site and the construction of the
sports centre is £2.5m., and they look to the developer to offset some of their costs
through the sale of the commercial and residential units.
The Developers have been asked by the school to submit a preliminary written
proposal for the use of the site and, as it looks as if the restoration of the windmill will
become a condition of the planning consent, they have also been asked to investigate
the options for the old windmill. Can it be demolished, for example?
Writing on behalf of the developer you are required to report to the School Governors
o Discuss the key statutory issues that need to be considered and any other
matters that may affect the future use of the site.
o What statutory applications are required for the development of the site?
o There appears to be some serious land contamination. What are the
implications of this?
o The school is very interested in pursuing a ‘green agenda’. What would be the
key statutory considerations and what sustainable options are available for
o They are particularly concerned about the site clearance and how to protect
the windmill which they intend to ‘mothball’ until funds are available for its
restoration. Discuss the different methods of procurement and recommend the
one you consider most relevant to the project. Set out your preferred tendering
procedures and state your choice of contract giving the reasons for your
choice. In your answer you should make reference to how you would deal with
o The school has raised that, in developing the site, the new buildings will be
considerably higher than the low-rise housing estate bordering the site, and
this may reduce the level of light to the houses. Also, some of the buildings
may abut or be located less than 1 metre from the existing buildings. Indicate
how to deal with these matters so as to minimise disputes with the neighbours.
You can use appendices to complement your report.
Below are the assessment criteria and weightings that we will use for this piece of
Specific assessment criteria
Literature review – 10%
Level of analysis – 30%
Application of theory to practice – 15%
Written presentation and communication skills – 10% Project Implementation Process 2013-14 16
Originality of thought and argument – 20%
Awareness of technical concepts – 15%