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Capital expenditure in education is subject to detailed business planning to assess the sustainable value of solutions in whole life terms, as well as the quality of environment being created for students. Architectural design is key to achieving value goals, with functionality and flexibility combining to enable the ongoing use of a space by a range of different users.

In recognition of challenging budgets and a business-driven approach to projects, schools, universities and colleges are seeking a clearer understanding of their whole estate. This is leading to a master planning approach that encompasses all of the properties and facilities each institution owns, resulting in an asset strategy that informs plans for expansion and rationalisation.

Given the sector’s close involvement in the development of climate change strategies, all projects and programmes have to fulfil environmental sustainability targets. Environmental solutions need to be factored into core business planning and objectives to optimise the results.

Projects in the industry often take place within a live environment. Robust management procedures are therefore necessary to guarantee on-time delivery alongside operational continuity for the college, as well as safety and security of students at all times. This requirement impacts on procurement, with contractors selected on their proven expertise in complex logistics, to manage projects safely and effectively, within the constraints of the client’s continuing operations.

Our experience in the education sector has mainly been in academies, including involvement in the Building Schools for the Future programme.

Our involvement has been centred on providing commercial support in providing bills of quantities for tender purposes further to the provision of dilapidation.