School refurbishments: the crucial role of an architectural service provider


When it comes to renovating, refurbishing or extending school premises, timing is crucial. After all, if a project isn’t timed correctly to coincide with the summer holidays, it could result in disruption to the education of hundreds of students within the school. In order to ensure that all building work runs smoothly, it is important to make use of an architectural services provider to manage the project from conception to completion.

An architectural design services consultant will be on-hand to obtain any necessary reports, surveys and approval prior to any remedial work actually taking place. This can include planning permission. In addition to this your architectural design services team will also ensure that your school renovation project meets all building regulations. Your consultant will also be able to advise the directors and governors of the school on any legal issues that relate to the project, while offering assurance that all aspects for the successful delivery of the project have been put in place.

When should planning for school renovation begin?

No two projects are alike – for example, a roof renovation on a small building in part of a school is unlikely to take as long as an extension to a science block complete with multiple gas taps, wash hand basins and other instruments used in science education.

Regardless of the complexity of your project, it’s worth remembering that schools in the UK only have a finite amount of “down time” – six weeks during the summer months, to be precise. It’s therefore good practice to arrange for your architects to start preparing your renovation project at the beginning of the year, in order to have the logistics in place for building work to begin after the school gates close for the summer.

Why your school renovation needs architectural services

Building projects can be incredibly time-consuming. In a world where headteachers and school governors are already tied down with red tape and paperwork, availing of the use of an architectural service provider can significantly reduce the amount of time that school staff would potentially spend dealing with building works.

A good architectural drawing services team will work alongside school staff to get to know precisely what their expectations of the building project will be. The team can then implement design ideas into any plans and liaise with contractors to make these plans into a reality.

Ultimately, an architectural service provider will take the stress out of a building project, ensure all legal requirements are met, and work with contractors to ensure the project is delivered on time and on budget.

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