Going the extra miles!

Eddisons Building & Project Consultancy (B&PC) team have joined with Mind, who provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problems. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health within the UK.

In order to give something back this month, Eddisons B&PC team will aiming to walk, run, cycle and even swim 2000 miles collectively during September. The challenge is well underway, with morning walks, lunch time runs, evening cycles and weekend swims all taking place. Team bike rides and endurance walks are also scheduled during the month, in order to achieve their 2000 mile goal.

By raising funds for Mind, this will help get support to people who are struggling with mental health issues during this very challenging time.

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Condition Improvement Fund win bonus for Eddisons

Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) win bonus for Eddisons

Eddisons has won a number of additional Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) awards following a government announcement of an additional funding round.

The government initially awarded £400m in June for academies to undertake a range of improvements over the next year, as part of the annual CIF round. Since then, the scheme has been expanded to include a further £182m. Eddisons’ bids have won a further £11m across a number of academies – with one Derbyshire trust picking up an additional 4 awards for its schools, in addition to the £30m in funding awards won in June.

Ian Harrington, Head of Building Consultancy, says that the win is well deserved. “We put in a huge amount of effort with our CIF bids and some were really unlucky to miss out on the first round,” he said. “This additional tranche of funding means that many excellent projects will now have the funding to proceed, and we are delighted they will be able to do so.”

Schools are set to receive their first payments in October, with work going ahead in line with COVID-19 restrictions.

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Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) success continues

Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) success continues

The results of the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2020/21 applications are in, and it’s a fantastic set of results for Eddisons.

Over £28m of CIF funding applications were secured, and despite the 3-month wait due to COVID-19, the team are delighted.

“The guys put in an amazing effort on the run up to Christmas 2019 to get these bids in,” said Ian Harrington, National Head of Building Consultancy. “It seems a long time ago now, but the late nights were worth it to produce results like this!”

Anthony Spencer, Managing Partner, also offered congratulations. “Our CIF funding success is a great news for pupils and teachers who will benefit from building improvements in schools across the UK. This result also reinforces Eddisons reputation as one of the leading advisors in the education sector, and reflects the skills and commitment of everyone in the building consultancy team.” he said.

The projects will commence very shortly and be delivered over the next few months and the team is working to develop plans to carry out the works within social distancing guidelines.

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Government announces 10 year transformative school rebuilding programme

Government announces 10 year transformative school rebuilding programme

Schools across England are set for a transformative ten-year rebuilding programme – and Eddisons plans to be at the heart of it.

Representing the first major rebuilding programme to be launched since 2014, today’s Government announcement means schools will benefit from substantial additional investment. Schools and colleges will also receive funding this year to refurbish buildings in order to continue raising standards across the country.

Investment will be targeted at school buildings in the worst condition across England – including substantial investment in the North and the Midlands – as part of the Prime Minister’s plan to level up opportunity for all.

Over £1bn to fund the first 50 projects of a new, ten-year school rebuilding programme, starting from 2020-21. These projects will be confirmed in the autumn, and construction on the first sites will begin from September 2021.

£560m and £200m for repairs and upgrades to schools and FE colleges respectively will be made available this year, and prioritised on the basis of buildings’ condition. Rebuilding projects will be greener, helping meet the government’s net zero target, and will focus on modern construction methods to create highly skilled jobs and boost the construction sector.

Eddisons will be at the forefront of delivering this ambitious programme. Our building surveyors offer schools, academies and colleges a comprehensive range of consultancy services. Whether in project management, building surveying, or specialist advice, we can help.  Combining specialist knowledge with technical expertise, we provide integrated services across a building’s life cycle. From design, development monitoring and planned maintenance, to funding, technical surveys and dilapidations, we deliver a first class service.

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Building & Project Consultancy Expansion

Building & Project Consultancy Expansion

Eddisons welcomes a new team based in the Cambridge area.

Gary Benn Heads up the new team alongside colleagues Andrew Kent and Ryan Lambert. All 3 were previously at Ingleton Wood.

The team builds upon the continued successes in the education and wider public sector as our reputation, service offering and geographical coverage increases.

Ian Harrington, Partner and National Head of Building & Project Consultancy commented;

“These are exciting times for the team as we expand our scope of offering and geographical coverage into an industry leading service line with national coverage which will provide further leverage into both public and private sector markets as opportunities increase due to our expertise, client base and wider strength of the growing Eddisons business.”

Jenny Fram, Head of Business Development commented;

“Gary and his team bring a wealth of experience and will enable us to develop new clients and regions from East Anglia and the South East”

Eddisons colleague prepares for 500km cycle route to raise £14,000 for charity

Gearing up for Bloodwise UK – London to Paris

Joseph Fitzsimmons, Associate Director at Eddisons, part of the Building & Project Consultancy team, is preparing for his next cycling challenge.

Hosted by Everlast Group, a valued partner of Eddisons, Joseph will join six seasoned cyclists on the four-day ride which will commence on 19th September 2019.

Fighting for a cause close to his heart – Joe lost his father-in-law to cancer one month ago – he is embarking on this gruelling journey to raise money for Bloodwise UK, the UK’s leading blood cancer research charity.

The physically demanding route requires months of preparation as it will test the body for physical endurance and require patience as the riders soar through the cobbled streets of London and through the iconic Parisian landmark of the Champs-Élysées.

Joseph said: “I’m expecting my biggest challenge over the four days to be the terrain variances as we ride over the bumpy hills of Dover and across the flat land in Paris.

“As I’ll be cycling as part of a peloton, the average speed is 14 mph, so this will be a challenge to maintain in unfamiliar territory, but I intend to cycle until the finish line.”

In preparation for the event which will see the riders cycle over 100km a day, Joseph has taken up an extended cycling route to work made up of over 30 miles.

He added: “To train my body for the physical pressure, I’ve been cycling 100 miles a week, scaling the hills of Yorkshire in preparation for the event.

“The ambitious goal of cycling to Paris will be an unforgettable and worthwhile experience as we aim to raise £14,000 to fight the third biggest cancer killer through Bloodwise”.

Good luck to Joseph Fitzsimmons and all involved.

To support the 500km cycling challenge and make a donation to Bloodwise UK, previously known as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, visit the Just Giving fundraising page.

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Eddisons triathlon team raise £5,000 for Yorkshire mental health charity

Eddisons triathlon team raise £5,000 for Yorkshire mental health charity

The building and project consultancy team at Eddisons has raised over £5,000 for the charity Leeds Mind.

The 13 strong team, headed by director Ian Harrington, all completed the 420m swim, 24km cycle and 4.6km run in terrific  times at the Harrogate Triathlon on 11 May, after a training programme that involved lunchtime and after?work group training sessions over several weeks.

Ian Harrington said: “It was fantastic to see everyone coming together from across our Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester offices for such a great cause. Our day jobs are all about managing detailed building and fit?out projects for clients so this was a really different challenge.

“Leeds Mind does terrific work in raising awareness of mental health and supporting people with mental health issues . They have strong links with employers and peer groups within the region and are a fantastic resource for those needing dedicated help’’

It has been particularly poignant to our team mate, colleague and friend Joseph Fitzsimmons who sadly lost his sister last year and as a result wanted to raise money for mental health awareness.

He added: “We were all proud of ourselves that we finished in such a respectable time but even prouder that we have been able to raise £5,000 for this fantastic charity. Mental health is something that we all need to think more about and the sooner we can remove the stigma that has always surrounded it the better.”

Eddisons triathlon team raise £5,000 for Yorkshire mental health charity

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Eddisons secures £20m to improve 48 schools across UK

Eddisons secures £20m to improve 48 schools across UK


Property consultant Eddisons has secured a total of £20m in funding to improve buildings at 48 schools across the UK. The capital funding, obtained via the Government’s Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) programme, will be used to enhance school and sixth form college buildings and improve safety and energy efficiency.

The CIF is an annual bidding scheme that enables academy schools and colleges to apply for funding for the upkeep of their buildings, and to fund expansion projects for schools that have been rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.

Eddisons’ Leeds, Newcastle, and Manchester-based project consultancy division specialises in securing CIF funding for schools and has seen a £5m increase in successful bids for 2019, up from £15m in 2018. The team has also been appointed to design and project manage the safe delivery of all the successful applications.

Ian Harrington, who heads Eddisons building and project consultancy team, said: “We are really proud of our success rate for this year’s round of CIF bids, announced just last week, with 55 successful bids in total across the UK.

“Education is a key sector for us at Eddisons and one where we are seeing growing demand for our services. We are continuing to expand our team and are focused on doing the best job we can for our school and college clients.

He added: “It is tremendously rewarding to be able to guide schools through the maze of the CIF bidding process and as we are involved throughout the process we see the tremendous difference that these improvements can make to a whole school community.”

Eddisons has also secured £1m in Urgent Capital Support funding for UK schools in need of emergency repair projects this year. The firm is also working with schools and colleges to help them secure funding from the £25m Salix fund for projects that improve energy efficiency.

Eddisons has secured a total of £20m in funding to improve buildings at 48 schools across the UK.

Written by: Ian Harrington on Tuesday 09/04/2019

Eddisons expands across Eastern England with acquisition of BSM

Eddisons expands across Eastern England with acquisition of BSM


Leading national property consultancy, Eddisons, has today confirmed the acquisition of Barker Storey Matthews (BSM) one of the largest independent chartered surveying firms in Eastern England.

BSM was recently ranked the overall winner for Eastern England in the EG Deals Competition 2018 (‘EG’) for commercial property agents and acquisition will see the experienced 38-strong team integrate with the current Eddisons team.

Eddisons will also expand its national office network to 20 by incorporating BSM’s premises in Cambridge, Huntingdon, Peterborough and Bury St Edmunds, further strengthening the company’s ability to deliver specialist property services on nationally.

BSM is a multi-disciplinary practice and delivers services consistent with those offered by the existing Eddisons business, including commercial property agency, property management, building consultancy, professional services (including valuations) and planning services.

Eddisons Partner, Anthony Spencer, said: “I am very pleased to welcome the BSM team into Eddisons; it widens our geographical coverage to twenty offices around the UK and increases the number of clients. This is our fifth Eddisons acquisition since we joined the Group and we continue to seek opportunities for further growth, both organically and by strategic acquisition.”

Steve Hawkins, Managing Director at BSM, commented: “Through our talented team of people, Barker Storey Matthews has developed a market leading reputation for delivering quality property advice across the Eastern region.

“We are excited to be joining the Eddisons team as there is a natural overlap with the services we offer and an opportunity to work with like minded individuals. This strengthens our proposition to our dedicated client base and we look forward to developing the opportunities the deal presents. Not only will we be able to offer a greater spread of professional services but we will be able to do so on a UK wide basis.”

This marks the second acquisition of 2019 for Eddisons, having bought transport and planning consultancy Croft earlier this year. The firm has also acquired industrial auctioneers CJM Asset Management, real estate and business valuers Taylors, and leading property auction business Pugh & Co.

The BSM deal marks the second acquisition of 2019 for Eddisons.

Written by: Anthony Spencer on Friday 05/04/2019

Eddisons Appointed for Fire Safety Works – Lincoln Castle Academy

Eddisons Appointed for Fire Safety Works – Lincoln Castle Academy

Eddisons were appointed by Lincoln Castle Academy to produce an Urgent Capital Support ( UCS ) funding bid following a fire safety audit undertaken by Lincolnshire fire authority under the Regulatory Reform ( Fire Safety ) Order 2005.

The proposed life safety works include for the installation of new fire doors, fire compartmentation within ceiling voids and a new fire alarm system with emergency lighting.

The project will also include for the removal of localised asbestos containing materials that have been identified as part of the works.

Eddisons Building and Project team will be Project Managing the scheme on behalf of the academy ensuring that the works are safely delivered whilst causing minimum disruption to the operation of the school.

UCS funding is available to non Schools Capital Allocation (SCA) funded academies who can demonstrate urgent health and safety issues, structural problems, asbestos concerns and mechanical & electrical issues within their school estate.

Eddisons Education Team have the technical knowledge and expertise needed to submit and deliver successful UCS bids for non SCA academies.

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