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Sleaford Secure Children’s Home Given Green Light

21 September 2023

Lincolnshire County Council’s multi-million-pound scheme to build a new secure children’s home in Sleaford has been given planning permission. Procured through our Major Works Framework, national contractor Willmott Dixon has been appointed to the scheme.

The 28-bed facility, which is being funded by the Department for Education, will satisfy both local and national demands for increased children’s criminal justice and welfare placements.


Jonathan Parker, Development Director at Pagabo, said: “Lincolnshire County Council’s innovative scheme in Sleaford is very important for various reasons and our role in helping to procure a best-in-class contractor to tackle delivery is a key contribution.

“A secure children’s home is a specialist facility and the environment plays a key role in the experience for young people who are housed there, so an experienced contractor to deliver the plans is essential.

“With the potential to change lives and create long-term jobs for people in the area, it will have a real impact and should be seen as more than just a building.”


The new accommodation will aim to achieve as close to a net zero in operation solution as possible with a design that is majority off-grid, supported by solar panels and state-of-the-art power storage.


Nick Heath, Director at Willmott Dixon, said: “This is a hugely significant scheme, not only for Lincolnshire to address an acute need for secure accommodation, but also for the wider country as it will bring together best practice from across the UK and Europe.

“The new building has been designed to support the young people to get their lives ‘back on track’ using a whole host of facilities including on-site education, wellbeing, vocational and sports facilities, as well as delivering against important sustainability credentials to make the building’s legacy especially evident.”


Features include administrative facilities, kitchen and dining areas, educational and teaching spaces, sports facilities, as well as secure outdoor courtyards.

The development will also feature a new service road, a car park, a water attenuation pond and landscaped areas.


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