12 Dec 2013

Results from our BIM mini survey

We have recently returned from the inaugural Education Estates, a two day exhibition and conference, bringing together governors, education practitioners, and estates managers from the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors with architects, contractors and consultants.

Our BIM (Building Information Modelling) mini survey that we carried out from our exhibition stand revealed some interesting results. One clear trend is that those in estates feel poorly informed about what BIM means for them, and yet think that it will bring great value to their estate. The greatest benefits of BIM, in the opinion of those estates professionals, are flexibility in the design process where changes can be made more easily, and efficiency, with designers working together from an early stage on one set of information. 

Almost every respondent stated that they either require the use of BIM currently, or will require the use of BIM in the future. 

Craig Balderstone, Assistant Director at Gleeds Strategic Advisory, was chosen in our draw to win a brand new iPad Mini. Congratulations to him. The iPad Mini is currently in the post and should be with him in plenty of time for Christmas. 

Charles Greenall, ADP partner and schools sector leader, gave a presentation on best practice in classroom design. To a large crowd, he highlighted that tight budgets need not mean that our designs are restricted to traditional boxes, and that we should continue to design around the student and educational vision. 

This year we won 4 RIBA awards for Jesmond Gardens Primary School in Hartlepool, which has a ‘stage not age’ philosophy. We also won a Guardian University Award and an S-Lab award for the Central Teaching Laboratories for University of Liverpool, new shared science facilities that promote interdisciplinary working and very high levels of utilisation. 

We are also particularly proud of a recently completed project – The Forum in Southend. This is a new integrated library for University of Essex, South Essex College and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council that provides fantastic new facilities and regeneration for the area. We are delighted that it has just won the local Southend-on-Sea Design Award: New Build category. 

See more information on our education projects in the Projects section.