Education Overview

Barker Associates is one of the country’s leading education property consultants.

Our experience covers a complete range of services from condition surveys through to major projects including the redevelopment of entire sites. We maintain a detailed knowledge of funding streams, government policy, education guidelines and initiatives related to the various types of educational establishment.

Barker Associates plays a proactive role in assisting pre-schools, primary, secondary and free schools, academies, colleges and universities to gain funding from any available streams and helps them to manage their property portfolio in the best possible way.

The Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) supports projects that address compliance, health and safety issues, maintenance needs and expansion projects. Only projects that demonstrate a high project need and those that align with CIF priorities are likely to be successful.

At Barker Associates we work closely with our education clients to submit comprehensive bids carefully targeting the EFA guidelines ensuring the best possible outcome for funding applications.

Barker Associates has an outstanding track record of successful CIF applications with several million pounds secured for our clients. We hold a success rate of 85% of all applications submitted on behalf of our clients.

“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

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The Department for Education (DfE) recently announced its allocation of Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2017-2018.

The limited funding available and excessive number of applications received means that unfortunately the DfE have not been able to fund all projects. Whilst it is disappointing, there is hope for your case to be reassessed via an appeal.

If you are considering an appeal Barker Associates can help. We will review your bids and advise you on the best way forward for your CIF appeals.

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Whether you need a new building or an alteration to your existing site, Barker Associates can help. Our Architects and Surveyors will bring their experience and expertise to bear on your project to help you deliver the best environments for learning. We design innovative solutions and deliver them safely, allowing education to continue unhindered.

  • New build and extensions
  • Refurbishment and remodelling
  • Site development planning
  • Space planning, suitability and sufficiency surveys & BB103 analysis

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`Thank you so much for working so hard on our behalf and for ensuring that the project ran smoothly, to time and within budget.’ Henrietta Barnett School

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Maintaining your existing buildings and ensuring they meet statutory regulations is an essential function. Barker Associates can help and advise on all aspects from surveys and inspections to the design and management of maintenance works.

  • Condition surveys
  • Planned maintenance advice
  • Safeguarding
  • Building condition and maintenance projects
  • Fire Risk Assessments
  • Access Audits
  • Asbestos Surveys and advice

`Their bespoke service is personable, thorough and has exceeded our expectations. We would recommend them unreservedly.’ Academies Enterprise Trust

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Barker Associates has been involved with Academies and Free Schools from their inception and provide advice on conversion and formation.

Barker Associates provides valuable and comprehensive strategic advice to Multi Academy Trusts (MATs). Our association with the MAT Capital Funding Network enables us to promote collaborative working and sharing of best practice. With constant changes in the education sector, navigating the complexities of capital maintenance funding is a major challenge for all those tasked with managing MATs. The role of the MAT Capital Funding Network is to support trusts to better manage their estates. The network is a collaboration of industry experts who share their operational expertise and advice with the Network's members.

Our innovative approach including the use of state-of-the art surveying tool Kykloud ensures MATs receive the most practical, value-for-money solutions.

Our AET case study demonstrates the success of our strategic advice and collaborative working. Our collaborative work with the Academies Enterprise Trust won us the PFM Partners in Consultancy Award. The Judges noted that:

‘Barker Associates has enabled the AET to reduce in numbers to be more efficient and focus on spending where it is required for schools and their pupils. They also batch work on properties to make it more cost effective. We saw an impressive example of the parties working together and delivering significant improvements as and when funding permitted.’

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Education Team

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Stuart White
Managing Partner
01279 648058

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Christopher Cook
James Johnson
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Dan Bowler
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Graham Stephen
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Stephen Wyard
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Thomas Lynch
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