Our Strategic Advice Consultancy works with institutions to develop durable estates strategies founded upon the real long-term needs of people and employers; at present we are helping colleges get ready for Area Reviews.
However large or small the proposed changes our Architects also have the vision and experience to realise these strategies, creating robust and beautiful environments appropriate for 21st century learning. We want to inspire students, to enhance learning; we know that nothing is more important.
Our track record in this sector is second to none. Bond Bryan has worked within the UK Further Education Sector since colleges gained independence in 1993. This has been a real labour of love and collectively the long-serving members of our specialist teams have over 270 years experience in Further Education. We have worked for over 100 FE Colleges; offered Strategic Advice to over 70 institutions and developed over 50 major design and construction projects. At present we are working with:- Barnsley College - Bedford College - Bradford College- Brooklands College- Chesterfield College- East Berkshire College- Havering College- Hertford Regional College- Middlesborough College- North Lindsey College- Tresham College- Walsall College
"The Bond Bryan Architects team quickly grasped our core needs and aspirations particularly those of inclusion and the importance of a centre where there was no divide between the value of vocational and academic courses. Working from our cohort estimates they helped us to calculate the number, size and types of accommodation required and more importantly incorporated them into a design that fulfilled our aspirations and was affordable. The team we worked with were clearly very skilled, enthusiastic and committed to producing an excellent, very high specification building, totally fit for purpose. They succeeded and we have no hesitation in recommending Bond Bryan Architects for other large education projects”. – Alan Whittaker (Principal) Suffolk One Sixth Form Centre.
Hartlepool College (top) Westminster Kingsway College (above)
Our client centred approach is applied throughout the briefing, design and delivery phases of all projects; it’s our mission to learn from our clients and then to apply everything we have learnt alongside that which we already know.
We work hard to understand the requirements of those commissioning the project and the needs of “end-users”. Our goal is to develop the very best response to these challenges and to create something wonderful that exceeds common expectation. Our excellent team of professionals then deliver all this using the very latest technology.
Property Strategies should reflect and support the larger strategy of the institution; what will we teach in ten years time; how will we teach it; how will we afford and maintain our estate? Property Strategies should signpost projects that will get us to where we need to be; “affordability” will mean consistently targeting both beautiful and efficient solutions.
Crucially our Research and Development team has a deep understanding of the capacity and utilisation of learning spaces, as well as modern learning trends; this results in proposals that focus upon increasing quality rather than necessarily scale. Our team has carried out strategic reviews for clients such as:- Bradford College- Chesterfield College - Cirencester College- City of Wolverhampton College- Hartlepool College- Hertford Regional College- Loughborough College- New College Nottingham - Rotherham College of Arts and Technology- The Sheffield College- Tresham College- Walsall College- Wirral Metropolitan College
“We are very pleased with our new vibrant facility and have enjoyed welcoming the students and observing how they relate to the provision. Bond Bryan has given us extremely professional service and has definitely gone the extra mile to ensure satisfaction and the needs of the learners are met. We have greatly enjoyed working with you and your colleagues and we hope that the continued success of the College means that we may be able to work with you again in the future”
Elspeth Sully, Director of Technology, Innovation and Resources, Tresham College of Further and Higher Education
There is a strong theme running through Bond Bryan; whilst we get involved in many things and there is something we call an “interrelated arc of human activity”. By this we mean what people get up to in Schools, Further Education, Higher Education, Research and the Workplace; we are about creating environments in which people develop and succeed.
As a result almost all of our senior staff have real expertise in these areas and you can find them in the “Our People” portion of this site. However we present below six members of our senior team that are heavily engaged in Further Education!
We have produced 3D models since 1994, creating superb visualisations, improving communication and understanding amongst all project participants. These technologies can now be accessed simultaneously so that our colleagues can model together improving the pace of production. Increased compatibility between software is also allowing all project team members to incorporate their designs into a single combined model, promoting collaborative working, checking for compatibility and eliminating inconsistencies.
Now Consultants and Contractors are looking beyond traditional outputs and working directly with “data-rich” models. Contractors are importing our models into specialist software to create virtual building sites on which construction is rehearsed prior to attempting the real thing. Furthermore each element within the model can be assigned a variety of detailed information resulting in automated scheduling and increased cost certainty.
Clients can also benefit with access to the information during the design process allowing decisions to be made that will ultimately reduce running costs for the whole life of a building. The information can also be incorporated into Facilities Management software creating a smoother handover at the end of the design and construction phases.
We are also passionate advocates of open solutions and speak regularly on the subject of interoperability and BIM. In particular we are strong supporters of the OPEN BIM campaign and members of buildingSMART UK&I.
Our research has allowed us to update all our systems, templates and standards to align with the latest industry thinking. We are prepared and able to assist Clients and Contractors to both deliver BIM and help the whole team work together collaboratively. We have a central team, Bond Bryan Digital, who support all of our studios with the implementation of BIM and also offer services to the wider industry.