We were instructed to undertake condition surveys of all 39 schools included in the newly formed education trust. The client required a Planned Projected Maintenance report for each school with a specific focus on each element of the building fabric, with regard to the condition and anticipated repairs over a 10 year period.
Each element surveyed was given a category and risk rating specific to the client’s requirements. The purpose of the surveys was to firstly provide a condition assessment of each building but also to allow for financial planning of future maintenance requirements for budget purposes. This first stage of this instruction was to develop the brief with the client to ensure our report format and information included met their exact requirements and needs.
Our role involved liaising with the head teachers of the schools, collating any existing plans and statutory documentation, carrying out a detailed all access inspection of the schools and preparing a detailed condition and Planned Projected Maintenance report.
We completed the inspections to the larger secondary schools with assistance from mobile access platforms to inspect roofs and high level elements. While on site we were also asked to identify the presence of any Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) within the schools.
Our reporting included both the external and internal elements and gave advice on the mechanical and electrical services and also opportunities where the schools could improve sustainability and energy efficiency. The subsequent report included a detailed description of the elements in question, repairs required, when the repairs were required and approximate cost.
We successfully completed this instruction and were subsequently appointed to project manage / contract administer a large window replacement project to seven of the schools where the windows were identified as being in poor condition and in need of replacement.