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land and buildings


Our dedicated education property team provides an integrated service covering all areas of property and property related transactions within the education sector, including the requirement for Secretary of State’s consent (and the implications of the terms of Academies’ Funding Agreements) and that of the local authority.

We have a well-earned reputation for clear and straightforward advice, a commercial focus and for finding practical solutions to issues that arise. By understanding the legislative framework, local government policy, the political dimension and current issues surrounding the work of our education clients, we are able to provide comprehensive support.

what we do...

  • Land transactions - Secretary of State consent requirements; acquisitions and disposals of freehold and leasehold, including playing fields, local authority consent requirements, and Charities Act requirements.
  • Leases and land transfers - on academy conversions, academy transfers / rebrokerage, free school projects, conversion to foundation status and general education sector property matters such as leases (including nurseries and children’s centres), underleases, licences.
  • Boundaries, rights of way and easements - rights over school land, public rights of way, and diverting and closing exiting rights of way.
  • Shared use agreements - income generation from collaborations with sports providers, telecoms and energy companies.
     
  • Development projects - such as development agreements for the construction of new school sites and the associated agreement for lease, novation of build contract and provision of warranties, as well as agreements for the disposal and development of school land.
  • Planning and construction - obtaining planning permission, extending and constructing new buildings, and obligations relating to listed buildings.
  • Environmental issues - requirements and improving energy efficiency.
  • Public/private land requirements - including the need for landlord’s and/or Secretary of State’s consent.
  • Property portfolios - consolidation into various group structures.

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Legal updates

Working with commercial sports providers to create value on your school site

There are a number of commercial sports providers whose business model involves setting up facilities at school sites and then charging the public for their use.

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Legal updates

Generating income - installing electricity substations on school grounds

Schools and academies are often approached by electricity companies to allow the installation of a substation within their grounds.

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Legal updates

Generating income - installing telecommunication masts on school sites

Many schools and academies seek to generate income from their sites by agreeing to the installation of telecommunication masts on their sites, often located on rooftops but also on open land.

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Legal updates

Which land transactions require the Secretary of State’s consent?

Land occupied by schools and academies is protected by the provisions of statute and, in the case of academies, by the Funding Agreement and Academies Financial Handbook.

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