Eddisons confirms winning bids to upgrade schools and colleges across the UK as total funding secured tops £100m

Eddisons confirms winning bids to upgrade schools and colleges across the UK as total funding secured tops £100m

Eddisons has secured building improvement funding for schools across the UK, including more than £5m for Yorkshire, £5m for North East and £4.5m for Midlands academies, in the latest round of the Government’s Condition Improvement Fund (CIF). A specialist in the education sector, Eddisons has now raised over £100m in successful CIF bids since 2016 to enable schools and colleges across the country to improve their estate.

Funding secured by Eddisons in the latest round of schools projects includes £2m for the Odyssey Collaborative Trust, which operates seven primary schools in Derby, following a successful 2020 bid for £2.5m. Odyssey’s Beaufort school will get the second phase of a new roof and new windows, Springfield school with also receive a new roof, while Oakwood junior school is in line for a new fire safety system.

In the North East £500,000 will pay for new boilers and windows at New Silksworth Academy in Sunderland. Projects in Yorkshire include £1m for a new roof at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley, which is part of the Collaborative Learning Trust.

An academy trust in south-east London, Chancery Education Trust, was awarded £1.4m to upgrade its school buildings, installing new boilers at Darrick Wood Infant and Nursery School in Orpington, a new fire safety system for Pickhurst Academy in Bromley and a new roof at Davidson Primary Academy in Croydon.

The CIF programme is an annual round of bidding under which academy schools and colleges can apply for funding for the upkeep and improvement of their buildings and to fund expansion projects for schools that have been rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.

Eddisons’ national building and project consultancy team, which is led from the firm’s Leeds office, and also designs and project manages the delivery of schools’ CIF projects, has grown from a small team to a 30-strong department of project managers, building surveyors and architects, with further hires planned for the coming months as demand for its education services continues to grow.

Building and project consultancy head, Ian Harrington, said:

“We are tremendously proud that this latest funding announcement means we have raised well over £100m of funding in total for our education sector clients since we began working in this area in 2016. The CIF projects really are essential to creating a better learning and work environment for both students and staff at schools and colleges across the UK.”

He added: “The CIF bidding procedure can seem impenetrable and Eddisons expert education team have built up huge knowledge and experience over the years to help deliver successful bids and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives.

“Every year the process of submitting a successful CIF bid becomes ever more competitive for schools and we are really pleased to say that we have maintained our position as a key adviser to the education sector, with an excellent success rate for our bids.”

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Eddisons Building and Project Consultancy team secures over £100,000 of Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Funding 

 

Eddisons Building and Project Consultancy team secures over £100,000 of Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Funding

Eddisons Building and Project Consultancy team recently applied for and secured over £100,000 of Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Funding on behalf of a number of Public Sector organisations across the country.

These funds will enable public sector organisations to undertake a feasibility study to determine whether they are eligible to apply for grant funding via the Salix funded Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to install energy efficient and low carbon heat upgrades to their existing mechanical and electrical installations across their estate.

Those organisations who met the criteria have applied for capital funding via Eddisons, and we wish them the best of luck with their applications

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CIF funding announcement means building a great future for schools

CIF funding announcement means building a great future for schools

Schools across the country are welcoming the chance to get their building improvement projects on track for 2021/22.

With the publication of the new Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) guidelines, academies, smaller multi-academy trusts, sixth form colleges and some voluntary-aided schools have the chance to apply for up to £4m of funding.

The monies can be used for specific projects that improve or repair school buildings, expand school premises, or a combination of both.

Eddisons’ Ian Harrington, Partner and National Head of Building Consultancy, said that the opportunity to address urgent buildings’ issues in 2021/22 is not to be missed.

“The new round of CIF funding is a fantastic chance for schools to fund projects that require additional capital above and beyond their normal means,” he commented. “With schools already under pressure to address issues around COVID-19, a successful CIF application could really help boost a school as we work our way through the pandemic.”

Applying for the funding can be complex. Evidence of need must be compelling, and requires independent support, together with detailed costings and a robust options appraisal.

However, as Ian noted, help is at hand.

“With Eddisons’ help, educational establishments have a far better chance of success in gaining CIF funding than they otherwise might,” he said. “Last year Eddisons secured in excess of £45m of funding for primary and secondary schools and sixth form colleges across the country. We have an excellent track record and can really make the difference between a successful application and an also-ran.”

Applications for CIF in 2021/22 is expected to be strong. Bids must be submitted by 14th January 2021, although registration must be completed by 10th December 2020 – so if you are interested in giving your academy a great chance of securing funding, contact us below today!

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2020 Schools and Academies Show

2020 Schools and Academies Show

The 2020 Schools and Academies Show, historically taking place at the NEC in Birmingham, has reinvented itself this year as a virtual show. Taking place from 17-20 November the show will be fully online with exhibitors displaying virtual stands and booking online meetings with delegates. All workshops, round tables and keynote speeches will also take place virtually.

Eddisons are proud to be taking part in this inaugural virtual show, having been regular exhibitors in ‘real life’ over previous years. Not only will they be welcoming visitors to their virtual stand and booking in meetings to discuss all things school estates and capital projects, they will also be hosting a round table Q&A session ‘Troubleshooting Multi Academy Trust Estates’  on Thursday 19th November, where delegates can attend and quiz Eddisons’ experts on their own estates issues. Book your place now via the show website.

As there are 4 days of exhibition time this year, there will be plenty of opportunity to connect with the Eddisons team and arrange a conversation, ask questions and generally pick up tips on all aspects of school and trust estates. Talk to Eddisons about:

  • Condition Surveys
  • Funding (CIF, Salix, Decarbonisation and alternative funding options)
  • Insurance Valuations
  • Red Book Valuations (for audit)
  • Architectural Services
  • Estates Planning / PPM
  • SCA Planning

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How to avoid disputes about dilapidations

How to avoid disputes about dilapidations

 

Dilapidations can be a contentious issue between commercial landlords and tenants, with disputes commonly arising at the end of a lease term. Dilapidations are essentially breaches of a lease covenant, and can be a costly issue if tenants fail to understand their liability in this respect.

If a tenant doesn’t meet their obligations as set out in the signed lease, they may become liable for the cost of extensive repairs, plus court costs if the landlord decides to take legal action.

A Schedule of Dilapidations will be sent to a tenant approximately six months before the lease ends, defining all repairs or refurbishment required. Commercial leases contain dilapidations clauses to protect landlords from the cost of repairing damage to their building, or having to reverse cosmetic alterations carried out by the tenant.

So how can both tenants and landlords avoid dilapidations disputes when a lease expires?

Tenants

Understanding the obligations

To facilitate a smooth exit tenants need to be aware of, and understand, dilapidations clauses within a lease. Prior to signing they should seek advice on the ramifications of failing to meet their obligations, and obtain professional assistance if unsure about any aspect.

It’s also worth noting that, if a clause regarding Interim Schedules of Dilapidations is included, the landlord may send dilapidations schedules at various points during the lease term, in addition to the final schedule six months prior to exit.

Making preparations to repair or refurbish

By preparing to undertake repairs well before the end of the tenancy, both financially and practically, tenants can avoid disagreement with their landlord in respect of dilapidations. It’s advisable to build up a contingency fund throughout the lease term, covering the cost of some or all likely repairs.

In a practical sense, tenants can regularly monitor the state of repair of their building with a view to preventing further decline, whilst also helping to spread the cost.

Seeking help from a chartered surveyor

A chartered surveyor will explain the meaning and implications of any dilapidations clauses, and a tenant’s obligations under their lease. It’s a good idea to prepare a Schedule of Condition (SoC) prior to signing a commercial lease. This should include photographic evidence of the property’s condition before the tenant moves in, and be included with the lease agreement if possible.

Landlords

Clear and specific lease clauses

To avoid misinterpretation or disputes over dilapidations, landlords should ensure their lease agreements are clear and specific. If a landlord wishes the carpets to be replaced at the end of a tenancy, for example, this should be specifically stated within any dilapidations clauses.

Similarly, if a new tenant wishes to make cosmetic alterations during their tenancy, and the landlord requires these to be reversed when the lease ends, this also needs to be stipulated. Even if only minor cosmetic changes have been made, they require financial input from the landlord to reverse, and can potentially delay a new tenant coming in.

Consider an Interim Schedule of Dilapidations

If landlords fear their tenant may not care for or maintain the property to an acceptable standard, it would be beneficial to issue Interim Schedules of Dilapidations to protect their interests.

The right to issue interim schedules should be included in a lease agreement, stating the ramifications for tenants who breach the lease covenant – a claim for damages that could potentially lead to court action, for instance.

As far as tenants are concerned, careful research and preparation are key to avoiding disputes with their landlord over dilapidations. Landlords also need to ensure their tenants understand the obligations defined in the lease agreement, and make clear the enforcement measures available to them if necessary.

Eddisons can provide further advice on how to avoid dilapidations disputes. Our expert team of chartered surveyors has extensive experience of dilapidations issues, and can work with tenants and property owners to reach a conclusion acceptable to both parties. For more information on mediation or other commercial lease issues, please contact one of the team.

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Written by: Ian Harrington updated 05/10/20

New win for Newcastle

New win for Newcastle

Our Newcastle Building and Project Consultancy team have won a new commission to manage an external envelope replacement at Acre Rigg, a primary Academy in Peterlee, County Durham.

The academy, built in the early 1950’s, was one of the first CLASP type construction in the UK. Unusually, structural components of the building were recycled World War 2 aircraft hangars.

Eddisons’ B&PC team will oversee the replacement of the existing single glazed, insecure and thermally inefficient glazing and cladding panels. A new thermally efficient, secure and modern curtain walling system will be installed instead.

The £600k capital funded project was made possible through a successful CIF application to the ESFA in December 2019.

Works are due to complete by Easter 2021.

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Getting ready for T-Levels? We can help! T Level Capital Funding

Getting ready for T-Levels? We can help! T Level Capital Funding

Schools and 6th form colleges across the country are preparing to deliver T-Levels – and Eddisons are leading the way by helping to drive their plans forward.

T-Levels were launched by the Government this year. More vocational than traditional A-Level courses, most T-Levels will come on stream from 2021, with the entire suite of courses being available from 2023.

But being a new type of qualification, many schools and colleges need new facilities to deliver them. And it’s here that Eddisons can help – by ensuring TLCF funding applications to build them are successful.

“Because they are so different, schools and colleges require more specialist facilities which up to now they simply didn’t have,” said Ian Harrington, Head of Eddisons’ Building Consultancy. “A successful TLCF application will mean getting the right facilities from the start.”

The firm has many years in preparing schools’ successful Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) applications, with over £41m funding won. The T-Level application is more complex, so Eddisons’ experience is really valuable.

Ian is confident Eddisons will succeed. “We want schools and 6th form colleges to be able to deliver these flagship qualifications successfully, and for that they need the right buildings,” he said. “Eddisons will help get those vital applications through so these building projects can proceed.”

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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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