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.