Construction projects in the education sector
Produced in partnership with Lucinda Baker of Harrison Clark Rickerbys
Construction projects in the education sector

The following Construction guidance note Produced in partnership with Lucinda Baker of Harrison Clark Rickerbys provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Construction projects in the education sector
  • Typical procurement routes
  • Project structure
  • Funding
  • Project documents
  • Form of contract
  • Typical issues which arise on construction projects in the education sector
  • Negotiated aspects

This Practice Note considers the key issues and risks which commonly arise on a major build project for an education provider; covering higher education, further education, academies and independent schools.

Typical procurement routes

While any normal procurement route is feasible on an education project, three factors are commonly the driving force behind the typical procurement routes taken by education clients in respect of their construction projects.

Nature of client

Education clients by their very nature infrequently procure major capital projects. It is not their core business and, save for large university estate teams, they rarely have the in-house skills to successfully procure major works. They would be classified as inexperienced construction clients.

Funding

Funding is frequently capped and time limited. This means that works will usually be procured on the basis of a fixed price contract at largely higher cost that gives the degree of certainty control that both funders (be it public or private investment) and governors wish to achieve. See Funding below.

Risk management

Site risks on education projects are generally higher than normal development work. The build is usually located within a live school or university environment. Managing health and safety and timetabling risks is a key factor in planning and procuring the works. See Typical issues which arise on construction projects in the education sector below.

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