Client: Bradford College of Further and Higher Education

Space Needs Assessment, Estate Strategy and Implementation

Study Completion Date: 2010, (updated in 2013 and 2015)

Project Value: - the Strategy identified a number of key projects including; 
The David Hockney Building, (new build) £50m 
The Advanced Technologies Centre, (new build) £10m

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Bradford College is one of the larger providers of in Further Education sector in England; furthermore alongside the FE courses it has an unusually large HE offer.  With 11 sites totalling around 80,000m2 the college faced major issues in terms of both the condition and suitability of the estate meeting the expectations of the learners.  Furthermore, the College wanted to challenge traditional pedagogy, creating spaces that would support and foster innovative teaching and learning styles.

We led the Senior Management Team through a series of workshops to understand their educational vision and the impact that this might have on the type of space required in the future.

From the outset it was apparent that the College’s ambitious plans for innovative pedagogy would dramatically affect their future space needs.  With a focus on the use of student led, project based work, peer to peer working and greater use of on-line resources; a much greater emphasis was to be placed on the use of large open informal/social learning environments.

Standard space analysis and traditional sector benchmarks for utilisation rates did not fully reflect these changing patterns. In response we developed a bespoke space model analysis that considered the whole of the estate as potential learning space, rather than just the more formal teaching spaces. The result was a future space target around 15-20% lower than traditional space needs models. 

This preliminary assessment was developed into a detailed brief.  A range of redevelopment options were tested through a Feasibility Study with a key focus being minimising disruption to the existing campus. 

The result was an estate strategy that will reduce the estate to around 60,000m2 releasing both disposal receipts and significant running cost savings.  Bond Bryan have continued to work with the College to deliver the strategy, completing the major 24,000m2 new Build David Hockney building in 2014 and the SFA funded 4,000m2 Advanced Technology Centre in 2015.

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