Architectural Design- Education

Architectural Design

We have a vast amount of experience providing Lead Architectural Design Consultancy and Project Management in the education sector. Specifically in the delivery of new build and refurbishment projects ranging from contract values of £1k to £2.5million.

As the lead project consultant our key areas of expertise in both architectural design and project management enable us to effectively coordinate the design team and deliver the project from inception through to completion. We have successfully delivered a wide variety of projects to a range of education clients providing innovative design solutions, on budget, and within programme.

We operate a three-step process for our architectural design and delivery projects.

1. School Development Plan

The first stage is to meet with the school team to identify their core requirements for their premises. We then tap into the knowledge of the premises from our Property Management consultants to analyse the following areas:

  • Health & Safety, safeguarding requirements
  • The current condition of the premises
  • Sufficiency of the current premises, specifically focusing on classroom sizes
  • Any required expansion projects
  • The school’s wish-list for new buildings

Having secured detailed information on each school we then prioritise the site’s project requirements, before preparing and submitting Capital Funding Applications.

2. Project Delivery

Post-funding, we deliver projects in the following way:

  • Confirmation of client brief
  •  Development of concept design
  •  Appointment of the Design Team
  •  Submission of Planning applications (if required)
  •  Development of detail and technical design
  •  Preparation of tender documentation
  •  Appointment of contractor, creating the contract and beginning works
  •  Management of the works to handover at practical completion
  •  Management of the defects liability period

3. Dedicated Project Management Service

We have a detailed understanding of the safeguarding required on school premises, including the health & safety issues, and general operational constraints that construction works can cause.

To keep disruption to a minimum we provide a Project Management Service to continually review and inspect all live projects, consisting of:

  • Safeguarding of staff and children in relation to the project works
  • Health and Safety compliance of construction works on site
  • Health and Safety compliance adjacent to an education site
  • Monitoring progress and programme risk
  • Monitoring cost risk
  • Overseeing quality and workmanship
  • A weekly site progress report to monitor project risk

Typically we assist schools with the following project works:

Refurbishment Projects

  • Internal & external redecoration programmes
  • Toilet remodelling & refurbishment
  • School reception / entrance remodelling schemes to improve safeguarding and school circulation
  • School hall refurbishment
  • School library & learning resource centre remodelling / refurbishment
  • Classroom refurbishment
  • External window & door replacement
  • Re-roofing (flat and pitched)
  • School kitchen upgrades

External Landscaping

  • Playground extension and refurbishment
  • Formation of EYFS play areas
  • Installation of play equipment

New Build Projects

  • Classrooms
  • School hall
  • Learning Resource Centres
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Sports facilities

Mechanical & Electrical Works

  • Heating boiler replacement
  • Fire alarm installation works
  • Lighting installations & emergency lighting installations
  • Electrical rewire
  • Network Wi-Fi installations
  • CCTV installations
  • PA system installations

Safeguarding Works

  • Perimeter site fencing to school areas 
  • Door entry controlled systems providing monitored access to all school areas
  • Secure main entrance lobby providing safeguarded access for school visitors

To find out more about our Architectural Design and Project Management Services for schools