Beard has a long track record of successful projects in the Education sector. Many of our partnerships with schools, universities and local education authorities span more than a decade.
We have extensive experience of managing sites in or close to busy learning environments, and strive to minimise the impact of building works on the day-to-day operations.
Whether undertaking a major construction project or providing an ongoing repair and maintenance service, we plan building activities around the curriculum so that classes remain undisturbed.
Our projects include complete schools to specialist performing arts centres, sports complexes and lecture theatres. We also build and refurbish student accommodation, nursery schools and scientific research facilities.
Our customers appreciate the high level of commitment we bring to every project. As a result some have set up formal partnering agreements with Beard. For example, we are building and modernising schools in Oxfordshire as part of a five-year strategic partnering framework agreed with the County Council.
Two examples of projects are shown below.
Partnership with University of West of England:
Under the four-year framework agreement Beard is providing a range of construction services including new build, extension and refurbishment works as part of the University's plans for a modern living environment supporting its 30,000 plus students.
Initial projects have included the refurbishment and modernisation of lecture theatres and classrooms, improved student cloakroom and shower facilities and increased space for the new Bristol School of Animation. By enclosing external walkways and opening up staircases, a modern bright 'internal' street has also been created at the heart of the Frenchay campus.
Highbury Primary School, Salisbury:
The new nine-classroom primary school at Highbury in Salisbury was a ‘design and build’ contract where Beard worked closely with Wiltshire County Council to develop a series of value engineering opportunities. By leading discussions with the design team and supply chain partners, Beard came up with a schedule of amendments to save £160,000, without compromising the council’s original vision for the school.
Quality, cooperation and partnership were key factors for success. Despite snow and bad weather delays, the team succeeded in handing over the project one week early to provide teaching staff with additional time to prepare the school before children arrived for the new term.
Throughout the project Beard worked closely with the school and local community to help limit disruption and create a positive working atmosphere.