Prospective students often quote the quality of environment as a key factor in deciding where to study. You are not just selling an education; you are selling an experience lasting several years; a place to learn effectively; a place to socialise and make new friends; a place to grow and discover new ways to live. However estates improvement will need to be done without recourse to huge budgets; efficiency will be the key.
Bond Bryan works with you. Our Research and Development Group identifies affordable long-term improvement plans; our masterplanners create enjoyable places; our Architects understand how to deliver the complex yet sustainable environments needed in the 21st Century.
At present we are working with six major universities on projects ranging in value from half a million to £40 million. We take every project very seriously and, over the last five years, have delivered over £100 million of projects for Higher Education Institutions on time and on budget, with another £60m under development.
"I have worked with Bond Bryan Architects for over twenty years on Education schemes at both the University of Sheffield and previously at Sheffield Hallam University. They have proved to be excellent architects with the ability to engage with the client, who usually are new to major projects, and skilfully develop a brief that meets their aspirations with vision and flair".
David Briggs, Project Manager - The University of Sheffield.
The Edge Hotel School (top) and University of Sheffield Heartspace Project (above)
Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
The University of Sheffield
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. This research-led approach makes each project a knowledge exchange, something we find highly valued by University Estates teams. 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 University of Sheffield (Faculty of Engineering), The Unversity of West London and Glasgow School of Art and is currently supporting the University of Chichester.
"Their buildings are intelligent and practical and their approach is client centred and responsive. Bond Bryan Architects understand Higher Education and provide good service, good value and good buildings. I would recommend the practice to any client in the Education Sector".
Neil Cameron, former Director of Estates, The University of Sheffield
There is a strong theme running through Bond Bryan; whilst we get involved in many things 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 three members of our team that are heavily engaged in Higher 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.