Building and renovation projects at schools, colleges, and universities require special consideration. If you’re an architect involved in an educational building project or a school leader planning any building work, thorough preparation and knowledge of industry regulations is imperative if your project is going to be successful.
At JPF, we have a wealth of experience in the education sector. We can help you to ensure that your building project runs smoothly and efficiently with a successful conclusion. To get you started, here are four things that architects must consider when taking on educational building projects.
1. The best time to build
It is always preferable to work on an educational building during the school holidays. This way, you will have unrestricted access to the entire site. Health and safety will still need to be considered, but you will be working solely with experienced industry professionals without having to worry about the safety of students and teachers.
2. Temperature control
All installations and refurbishments on educational buildings must adhere to Building Regulations requirements for temperature control. The interior of all multi-occupancy buildings must meet legal temperature levels. By installing energy efficient glazing, you can ensure that inside temperatures are regulated all year round.
When planning any large-scale commercial project, it is important to budget accordingly. Educational establishments are no exception. Ensure that any CIF applications are ready to be submitted on time and that you’ve factored in all potential costs. It’s a good idea to over estimate your budget in case of unforeseen costs arising such as removal of hidden asbestos.
4. Health and safety
As mentioned in point one, all construction sites must be health and safety compliant. If you do need to work in a live school environment, you must ensure that all people on site are conversant with health and safety procedures and students and staff are protected. You may have to adopt site specific health and safety requirements including following the correct procedures and wearing the necessary clothing at all times.
If you’d like more information about how JPF can help to ensure that your educational building project is a complete success, contact us today. Call us on 0800 111 6015 or send us a message online.