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New school surveys programme launched in England

The National School Condition Assessments Programme has begun with eight schools

Posted by Charley Rogers | April 03, 2017 | People, policy, politics, money

Global infrastructure services firm AECOM commenced data collection site visits at the end of March, at its first eight schools as part of the largest building surveying project in the UK. Under the Education Funding Agency’s (EFA’s) Condition Data Collection (CDC) programme, which AECOM was awarded earlier this year, the company will visit around 5,500 schools in England over the next three years to collect condition and management data that will help the EFA prioritise its future capital funding strategy.

As well as helping to target future capital investment, the scheme will provide schools and responsible bodies – such as local authorities and academy trusts – with useful condition data about their sites. Through its surveys, AECOM will gather high-level contextual data about each school, the site and the buildings within it, as well as condition data for each building and information about key building management and compliance documentation.  AECOM worked with the EFA on a pilot phase prior to the start of CDC to help develop the data collection methodology and create the technical manuals and guides that are now being used by every surveyor and engineer working on the programme.

Richard Shinfield, Business Unit Lead, Asset Advisory, AECOM, said: “Delivering our first school survey marks an important milestone for the CDC programme that will assist the EFA with its goal of ensuring England’s schools estate is fit for purpose. Developing a comprehensive picture of the condition of all school buildings in England is vital to help target future investment where it is needed most.

At its peak, AECOM teams from across the UK will deliver approximately 100 data collection site visits every week. 

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