About Us

About Us

The government-owned property company creating
much-needed school places for thousands of children


  • To help meet the Government’s commitment to build new free schools, and help create 600,000 new school places by 2021 and to secure sites to help deliver the additional 110 free schools announced in the Budget (Wednesday 8 March 2017).
  • A programme of this scale raises challenges over capacity and therefore capability.


  • LocatED is a government-owned property company, responsible for buying and developing sites for new free schools in England.
  • With funding secured and available, LocatED acquires land and buildings across the country. This makes it one of the largest purchasers of land in the UK. Working directly with landowners, agents and developers across Britain, LocatED has individual acquisition budgets to spend on sites that can deliver 10,000 to 175,000 sq. ft. gross internal floor area.
  • LocatED operates at pace and negotiates complex deals with multiple partners across the private and public sector to get the best possible value for money for the taxpayer.
  • To achieve this, LocatED has a multidisciplinary team with specialist skills and extensive property sector experience.  Supported by a distinguished LocatED board, with a range of private and public sector property acquisition and development experience.
  • The LocatED team is proud to play its part in the delivery of new, world-class schools and creating thousands of good school places for future generations of children.


  • Use its substantial purchasing power and specialist experience to negotiate effectively to acquire and develop property for schools.
  • Achieve better value for money by having increased flexibility to buy sites to deliver mixed-use schemes and optimising financial efficiency.
  • Use its specialist capabilities to successfully take on more complex acquisitions.
  • Establish a strong reputation in the market in order to be an attractive partner to the best developers.
  • Be an effective organisation with the right skills and experience to deliver against its objectives and provide good value for money to taxpayers.
  • Help to protect the public investment in acquired sites.


The LocatED Asset Management team support the free schools acquisitions programme and are responsible for the asset management of the existing and pipeline portfolio. This includes:

  • Set-up and management of portfolio.
  • Active asset management of the portfolio through the holding period.
  • Identification of property for enhanced value, redevelopment or disposal.


Free schools are non-profit-making, independent, state-funded schools, which are free to attend but outside of local authority control. As a new provision, finding a suitable site is a key challenge in the free school delivery process.

Useful links:

  1.       https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/opening-a-free-school
  2.       https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/free-school-application-guide
  3.       http://www.newschoolsnetwork.org/
  4.       https://www.nao.org.uk/report/establishing-free-schools-2/
  5.       https://www.gov.uk/types-of-school/free-schools