Having had bids for a new Sports Hall turned down for two consecutive CIF rounds, Wilmington Grammar School for Girls approached Barker Associates to help with a resubmission. Using their knowledge of both education design and the funding application process, Barker Associates were able to reduce costs of the scheme and improve the quality of the submission. This was particularly critical in the very competitive expansion project area where competition for funds is even tighter than condition work.
Every element of the bid was reassessed and reviewed with a particular focus on providing evidence for all criteria. A detailed options appraisal and feasibility study was completed to illustrate the need for the project and the appropriateness of the response.
The project was designed by Lee Evans Architects and planning consent obtained prior to submission. A detailed cost plan and contractor pricing was submitted to support the bid.
The project was granted funding. Barker Associates also prepared a simpler refurbishment and remodelling scheme for the same CIF round which was also successful.
Barker Associates are currently working on a SSEF bid on behalf of this client.
“We are so grateful for all of your help with both of our bids, but perhaps most particularly the troublesome sports hall bid that the school had been trying to secure for several years, we are so so pleased!”
Wilmington Grammar School for Girls