Cambian Group, the mental health care provider which provides services to over 2,400 people, has acquired three specialist educational colleges from the charity Mencap in a deal brokered by specialist property adviser Christie + Co on behalf of the charity.
The three colleges — Pengwern College in Rhyl, Lufton College in Yeovil and Dilston College in Corbridge, Northumberland — provide a specialised environment to support young people with learning disabilities, autism, and complex health and behavioural needs. This is Cambian Group’s first venture into providing further education services to young people with learning disabilities.
Richard Lunn, Director and Head of Healthcare at Christie + Co says: “This is an excellent acquisition for Cambian Group, allowing it to widen its offering in the provision of mental health, and now further educational, services.
“We are pleased to note that Cambian is committed to ensuring the colleges remain as leading places of specialist further education for young people, building on the excellent work of Mencap.”
Jan Tregelles, Chief Executive of Mencap, adds: “We are pleased to announce the sale of the colleges. We have already informed all stakeholders including current and future students, their parents, all staff and the relevant regulatory authorities, whom have welcomed the plans.
“Mencap is committed to ensuring we provide the best value for money for our donors while helping people with a learning disability as much as possible. Our focus is on providing educational support for people with a learning disability within their local communities.
“The Cambian Group shares our values and ethos in relation to delivering quality services that promote choice, opportunity and respect. We believe the Cambian Group’s involvement will help push the colleges forward in meeting these goals through increased investment.”
Ahead of the project commencing, Christie + Co Director of Childcare Courteney Donaldson provided Mencap with formal RICS ‘red book’ valuation, while in preparation for the closure of the deal, Jeremy Cashmore of Christie + Co provided further formal valuation advice for Charity Commission compliance purposes.