Charles Garth supplies a complete service to schools and academies across the UK. On this page we list who we work with and the comprehensive list of services we provide.
1. Pre-conversion Academies
Charles Garth, work with partnering solicitors to offer a unique combined property and legal advice service to those schools considering converting. What is the process, the options and where are the risks and rewards of becoming an academy school? We detail all you need to know below.
Technical Due Diligence
As part of the overall legal due diligence process, Charles Garth provide a bespoke technical service that seeks to highlight risks and liabilities that the school needs to be aware of. By identifying these built environmental liabilities and risks, the school can be appraised as to how best to negotiate with local authorities and the ESFA and also identify potential funding streams to offset the costs.
Funding and revenue appraisal There are numerous funding streams available to every type of school and trust. Charles Garth can help identify those applicable and help to develop an estates strategy for future needs. Charles Garth enjoy excellent relations with service providers across the sector and we can help attract inward investment and create a revenue stream for the trust.
2. For those single academy trusts or those in smaller multi academy trusts:
Condition Improvement Fund Bid Preparation and Submission Initial assessment of the school’s requirements based on its liabilities. Delivery of reports, cost analysis and outputs in order to assist in a suitable application for the required funding.
Condition Surveys The report combines a Condition Survey with a Preventive Maintenance Schedule providing concise clear guidance with regards to the defects and the potential areas suitable for funding. Our document provides a robust foundation of information and costings for the schools and academies submissions for future improvements.
Measured Surveys We can produce accurate measured building surveys to include the following;
Reflected Ceiling Plans
3D CAD models
Lease Plans, as-built and verification surveys
Compliance Audits Charles Garth offer a compliance audit that checks that the school is meeting all of its statutory requirements. Any gaps identified can then be addressed by use of our extensive supply chain partners and leaving the school safe for all stakeholders.
Energy and utility audits can be undertaken to ensure that the school and the wider trust have negotiated optimal rates from the market providers. There are substantial savings to be accrued and high rates of return on investment from the ESFA’s Salix loan system.
Technical Due Diligence
The acquisition of a property for occupation requires careful consideration. We specialise in:
Undertaking building surveys for purchasers, tenants, investors and occupiers
Providing advice on lease repairing obligations and liabilities
Preparation of Schedules of Condition
Analysis of defects and providing advice on remedial action
Providing cost advice of repairs and refurbishment
Our reports supply you with clear, comprehensive advice. We will present you with the key aspects of your assets within the tight timescales that are so common in the commercial sector. We also thrive on the fast turnaround of portfolio surveys for acquisition purposes
Planned Maintenance Programmes
Preventive maintenance is a schedule of planned maintenance actions aimed at the prevention of breakdowns and failures. The primary goal of preventive maintenance is to prevent the failure of equipment/finishes before it actually occurs. It is designed to preserve and enhance equipment/buildings reliability by replacing worn components before they actually fail. Planned Preventative Maintenance Schedule based typically on a 5 or 10 year financial plan. Thus, enabling the Client to forecast future costs and budget accordingly
As project managers, we typically co-ordinate the whole project team on behalf of the client, embracing a number of specialist skills and disciplines. We manage the activities of all parties, so that they focus on the project’s objectives and what is expected of them. It means we will dynamically control your project from the outset, setting out a framework of controls that can be applied to the entire process. With the backing of advanced computer systems and clear reporting procedures, we will deliver your project to your requirements and to meet your precise needs
We understand the importance of delivering to budgets from the outset of any scheme. Our teams share knowledge across numerous sectors to support our knowledge gain, support the development of our staff and the delivery to our Clients. Our approach for every project begins with a resource to match the project needs, to provide clear communication to all project team members and to assist in the delivery of every project.
Our cost management services include:
Contract Management Acting as Client’s Representative throughout the project refers to the following services:
Establishing the building brief, preparing Employer’s Requirements and obtaining tenders
Evaluating and reporting on tenders received
Preparing contract documentation
Providing cost advice and budgetary control from initial feasibility to completion
Dealing with Statutory Undertakers
Construction contract administration
Chairing project and site meetings
Issuing post-contract changes
Issuing practical completion certificate
Dealing with final accounts
Resolving post-completion matter
Principle Designer The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing CDM 2007. A Principal Designer is required to be appointed by a Client where a project involves more than one contractor and are responsible for the planning, monitoring and coordination of health and safety in the pre-construction phase of a project. The Principal Designer is also required to prepare and provide relevant information to other duty holders under the CDM Regulations and will also continue to assist the Principal Contractor during the construction phase.
Reinstatement Cost Assessment for Insurance
A further area in which we regularly advise is valuations for insurance and accounting purposes; skills we have gained through many years’ experience in the marketplace and through an extensive understanding of market trends and values. The wide variety of specialist buildings and assets contained within educational establishments makes scheduling, valuing and therefore ensuring that adequate insurance cover is acquired, a difficult and time consuming task. The regular and cyclical review of the sums insured for fire reinstatement purposes is vital to ensure that the property rebuilding cost is accurate. Under or over-valuation can result in over exposure to unnecessary risk.
3. Those multi academy trusts who are in receipt of formulaic funding via: