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Thomas Becket Catholic School-Fire Safety Works CIF

  • Client: Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Academies Trust
  • Location: Northampton
  • Sector: Education
  • Services: Building Surveying, CIF Bid Writing, Project Management


Barker have worked with Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Academies Trust (OLICAT ) since 2019; providing services from CIF bid writing, through to provision of condition surveys, support around the Low Carbon Skills Fund, and Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme fund as well as feasibility on energy savings, specifically LED and PV schemes. The Trust have transitioned to receipt of School Condition Allocation within the working relationship with Barker, support has been provided to enable the Trust to work through all D1 condition related items highlighted by condition surveys undertaken by Barker.


Barker were selected due to their knowledge and experience of the Condition Improvement Fund, with a proven track record of securing successful CIF bids.

Barker successfully secured CIF funding to replace the fire alarm, and address compliance issues raised through Thomas Becket Catholic School’s Fire Risk Assessment, including replacement of fire doors.


Barker worked with the school to compile and submit a strong, and evidence-based CIF bid which was successful. The school was successfully granted £221,968 of CIF funding towards delivery of a total project cost of £259,433.78.


The team successfully addressed the defects raised in the school’s Fire Risk Assessment and achieved full compliance in terms of the fire safety at the school. Thomas Becket Catholic School now has a fully functioning and compliant fire alarm, with no defective fire doors throughout the site.

Client Testimonial

“We have worked together with Barker to undertake surveys which have identified the needs of our schools. Through this reporting and analysing of completed estates survey data, Barker supports OLICAT to enable high level strategic decisions and planning. The Barker team lead on design and specification, the tender process, oversee the appointment of the contactor and the implementation and management of the project. The team are professional and communication throughout is excellent.  Our schools are on a positive improvement journey which would not be possible without the guidance and support of Barker.”

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