In response to increasing government investment in new schools and the refurbishment of existing school premises, Bowmer & Kirkland have targeted a number of government frameworks to ensure that the education sector plays an important role to the company’s continuing development. In November we were named on the Education Funding Agency’s (EFA) £4Bn national framework, to help deliver batches of schools and recently was appointed to the EFA’s regional framework to procure individual school projects, up to a value of £12m, in five regions of the UK.
Being selected to deliver six schools in Derby totalling £27m, a new UTC in Kent, and a further nine schools in the East Midlands with a value of £37m, demonstrates the early success for Bowmer & Kirkland on the national framework. It is now our intent to use this expertise and knowledge to bid for a range of projects, including “free” schools and UTC’s, on the regional framework. Early involvement requires that we take schemes from the feasibility stage through to completion and occupation, appointing the design team and when required commissioning surveys.
The need to meet stringent specification requirements in respect of acoustics and natural ventilation within tight government budgets has encouraged the use of off-site construction techniques, enabling the length of the construction programme and costs to be reduced.