Therefore the design of a school will always attract attention. In the UK state system the numbers of interested parties has grown. The present potent mix can involve politicians, the Education Funding Agency, community groups, parent groups, the local authority, private sponsors and last but hopefully not least, teachers and students.
Furthermore the system places construction contractors in competition with each other and at the heart of the design process, each employing architects to develop competing solutions. In an economically challenging time contractors must respond to the needs of many stakeholders and at a reduced cost.
There is a move toward more standardised solutions; advocates point out that the state has a national curriculum so the educational context, if not the physical and social context, is the same in most cases. Critics note that standardisation may limit design innovation and could suppress the evolution of teaching practice.
Whatever your requirements Bond Bryan’s people understand these issues and will find answers. Our Directors ensure that all our considerable experience is applied to every project. Working with schools and contractors, we never lose sight of the key issues and have the ability to develop effective solutions at every stage.
Bond Bryan has a wealth of experience, having built numerous schools and academies. Our knowledge is also right up to date; we have acted as design consultants direct to the UK government’s Education Funding Agency and are Architects for a range of EFA funded schemes. This means working on Academies, Free Schools and University Technical Colleges. The latest commissions include:- Great Denham and Shortstown Primary Schools, Bedford
Shirebrook Academy (top and bottom image) Stubbin Wood School (central)
In 2012 we also prepared the Education Funding Agency’s Baseline Designs; these prototypes offer guidance by identifying solutions that match the government’s exacting requirements. Of course much of the England’s Schools design is delivered via contractors. Bond Bryan has a excellent reputation for both design and reliability of technical delivery; at present we are working on Schools design with Willmott Dixon; BAM Construction and with Wates.
Internationally we have also prepared exemplar solutions for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (see video: right) and are developing projects in a number of other Gulf Countries in both the public and private sector. We focus upon the creation of stimulating environments can support the learning process.
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 three members of our senior team that are heavily engaged in Schools!
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.