kelly

head of design
A* education project management that's at the top of its class

kelly

head of design

Ensuring campus developments are future-proofed, accounting for the diverse and changing requirements of an educational institution, is key. Along with this, a fundamental part of building projects within schools, colleges, and universities alike, is the harmonising of commercial drivers and budgetary constraints with the desire to produce high quality functional facilities that draw in new students and staff.

Carrying out any scale of works within a live campus environment can prove complex, with restrictive timescales to progress works, decanting requirements and the movement of staff and students from one area to another requiring thorough and well executed planning. Balancing varying requirements from multiple, very different stakeholders, from Counsellors and Boards of Governors, to staff and students, each having their own desires for the outcomes of a new build or refurbishment project, takes skilled management of both expectations and the works themselves.

Having a thorough understanding of the multitude of funding streams utilised by educational establishments for refurbishment and new build works is also essential. This includes understanding the pressures involved with preparing bids, along with the specific and rigorous requirements of each funder, be it an industry body, a Local Enterprise Partnership, or the Department for Education.

With the numerous challenges that educational institutions face when construction works are carried out within a campus, educational leaders and managers want to be safe in the knowledge that they are supported by an experienced and professional project manager, with the expertise that can be relied upon to ensure works are completed smoothly, on time, and on budget.

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our approach to education project management

 

 

stakeholder engagement & management
phasing & planning
funding requirements
OJEU Procurement
stakeholder engagement & management
Novus understands that when it comes to improving or upgrading educational facilities, there are a number of very different stakeholders involved, each with their own requirements and aspirations. From Governors and Principals focusing on the strategic direction of a campus, commercial teams seeking to get best value for money and keep within budgets, and students, staff and the general public wishing to obtain the most functional yet modern facilities as the end user, we ensure the careful balance to engage each stakeholder and manage expectations is maintained throughout the duration of a project.
phasing & planning
Keeping numerous plates spinning even without any building works being carried out on live campus environment is a challenge, which is why Novus focuses on the meticulous planning and phasing of projects, being flexible to the needs of a changing campus environment. We understand the complexities of keeping campus operations running, maintaining segregation of works, and ensuring the safety of staff and students when works are carried out in a live campus environment. Our unique knowledge and experience working with live educational environments ensures construction works are carried out smoothly, allowing those plates to keep spinning.
funding requirements
We understand the need to react quickly when funding opportunities arise, working with you to ascertain the key objectives of a project, and obtaining the information you need to submit applications for funding to the likes of organisations such as Local Enterprise Partnerships and the Department for Education. Our experience of collaborating with schools, colleges, and universities to meet the requirements of funders ensures we can move fast to provide you with the resources and information you need to not only successfully obtain funding, but maintain a high quality level of service throughout the project, keeping funders happy through to the very end of a project.
OJEU Procurement
Private sector and small scale procurement can be complicated, but as educational institutions will know, this is nothing compared to OJEU procurement. The added hurdles of an OJEU tender are well known by the Novus team, and our experience of guiding clients through these processes successfully to obtain the best team possible at a competitive price is second to none.