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EFA - Priority Schools Building Programme

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PSBP contains a mixture of private finance and public capital projects. Bryden Wood, in conjunction with Vinci Construction, qualified to prepare a bid submission for the design and construction of 12 schools in the North-West. The process initially started with the design of two sample schools, one Primary and one Secondary. Our detailed design work and development was prepared and coordinated in a central BIM model for use by the architects, engineers and consultants (FF&E, Fire, Acoustic etc).

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The overall design process also included 10 non-sample schemes being developed. The schemes include primary and secondary facilities on different sites with varying schedules of accommodation and school specific design briefs. At the start of the PSBP programme, the EFA provided baseline designs, which provide suggested layouts for schools of various sizes and specialisms, intended as a start-point for designers and contractors. These designs are compliant with the EFA’s set of “output specifications” - criteria for school buildings which the EFA advises will be rigidly applied to designs put forward by bidders.

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The designs put forward by contractors for the first schools in a batch must be “capable of being replicated for subsequent schools in the batch without the need for whole new designs.” Approaches considered acceptable include: entire standardised schools or parts of schools; a kit of parts approach with standardised components; standardised dimensions and grids; standardised approaches to procurement including FF&E; and a common supply chain. Bryden Wood created a PSBP specific building system to produce both primary and secondary schools across the batch. The ‘kit of parts’ that created the buildings were modelled in great detail, and each contained a high level of parametric data. This ensured design solutions could be modelled quicker, and costs calculated directly from the model.

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