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Bid Writing

Our professional bid writers have an unrivalled track record
in securing grant funding for our clients

Professional help with your Bids

Barker has a team of specialist bid-writers with an unrivalled experience in planning, developing and compiling successful bids for capital funding in the education sector.

We have secured over £100 million for our education clients through our meticulous and engaging approach to bid-writing.

Much of our bid-writing is done on a no-win-no-fee basis giving our clients access to professional expertise with no risk.

With ever tighter budgets, making successful funding applications is now an essential part of running an education institution.

Make your project stand out from the crowd with some professional help from Barker.

We recommend academies and trusts start preparing capital bids as soon as possible. Please speak to us if you wish to discuss your projects or opportunities for funding.

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Bid Writing Case Studies

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Hockerill Anglo-European College - New Sports Hall

  • Value: £2.2m
  • Location: Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
  • Sector: Education
  • Service: Architecture & Design

New purpose-built Sports Hall to provide high quality indoor sports facilities, with associated changing facilities and reception area.

As part of the CIF Bid, Barker provided a full Architectural Feasibility Study, Options Appraisal, Feasibility Cost Plan and associated specialists surveys and reports such as Asbestos, Topographical, Soil, Ground Surveys and Arboricultural Studies. Massing and Master Planning were also undertaken. To maximise the chances of success the finalised Sports Hall design, location and form was submitted for full planning approval concurrently during the bid development phase. All sections of the bid, namely Project Need, Project Planning and Value Money were covered fastidiously with additional supporting information that fully justified the requirement for this bid to be awarded.

Hockerill Anglo European College were awarded around £1.2Million towards the project cost. We were delighted to have assisted in this project and Barker have since been appointed to take the full project delivering forward.

The Sports Hall will provide much-needed facilities for the college and informal recreational use for the community.

The site is adjacent to a Conservation Area therefore the design responds and respects the historic context and buildings in the College and the surrounding area.

Bungay High School - Roofing & Cladding

  • Value: £1.3 million
  • Location: Suffolk
  • Sector: Education
  • Service: Building Surveying

Bungay High School approached Barker to assist them with preparing CIF bids for reroofing works and replacement of windows and cladding.

Starting with a whole-site condition survey, works were prioritised by urgency and effect on academy operations. Barker designed, specified and obtained competitive tender prices for all works and wrote the bid submission on behalf of the academy.

Both bids were successful and Barker went on to secure a further two successful CIF bids for this academy bring the total funding to £2million in three years for this client.

Delivery of the projects was overseen by Barker and the roofing works were further enhanced by a solar PV system on the roof which is forecast to save the academy over £250,000 over the next 20 years.

"We got BOTH bids! That is amazing such a boost for our school thank you so much for all your help" - Bungay High School, Suffolk.

Ss Alban and Stephen Catholic Junior School - Playing field drainage & surface repairs

  • Value: £150,000
  • Location: St Alban's, Hertfordshire
  • Sector: Education
  • Service: Project Management, Building Surveying, Architecture & Design

Barker were appointed to address ongoing drainage issues on the school’s playing field. The playing field had been severely damaged as a result posing a health and safety hazard to pupils and making it unsuitable for sport and play. Working closely with the school Barker presented a strong case to the client to the install a new Multi-Use-Games-Area (MUGA) Pitch, associated land stabilisation and drainage works.

Funding was secured by Barker through the LCVAP process following a successful planning application for the project. The scope of works involved over-site clearance, landscaping and cultivation works including the installation of new soakaway drainage, installation of a 1.7m high gabion wall and a new 3G MUGA Pitch designed to FA technical standards.

Barker were responsible for RIBA (Plan of Works 2013) Stages 0–6. The works were procured on a Design & Build basis and completed on a 11 week construction programme. The new all-weather pitch is a great addition to the school providing an all-year round sports surface as well as a secure play area for the children at break time, it is a tremendous addition to the school and the children love it.

Dame Alice Owens School - New 18 Classroom General Teaching Building

  • Value: £3.5m
  • Location: Potters Bar
  • Sector: Education
  • Service: Architecture & Design, Structural & Civil Engineering, Project Management, Building Surveying

Barker were commissioned to provide Condition Improvement Fund bid assistance, lead surveying, architecture, structural and civil engineering services to provide a new teaching block.

The project is to construct a new 18 classroom, 3 storey general teaching building to replace the current 1970’s general teaching building which has reached the end of its viable life. The new building is part of a wider campus renewal programme and includes a significant landscaping scheme to form a new courtyard and amphitheatre. The building has generous circulation spaces which provide informal social and learning opportunities, and classrooms arranged to take advantage of the views towards the courtyard on one side, and a tree covered hillside and lake on the other. All spaces are naturally ventilated and lit, with wind catchers providing controlled ventilation to classrooms. Barker are leading the design team and working closely with the school to develop this important project which received planning permission in January 2017.

Construction works are nearing completion.