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09 February 2011

Mott MacDonald produces school refurbishment paper with English Heritage

Mott MacDonald, the global management, engineering and development consultancy has released a paper: Practical considerations for the design and implementation of refurbishment projects of historic school buildings, in conjunction with English Heritage.

The paper aims to assist stakeholders involved in historic school buildings when planning, designing and implementing their successful refurbishment, remodelling or reuse with practical guidance on issues that should be considered.

Key elements that the paper considers for successful refurbishment of historic and heritage school buildings are stakeholder engagement, affordability, design and implementation, compliance with statutory requirements as well as sustainability.

Mott MacDonald’s Ian Besford, a co-author of the paper said, “This paper aims to provide useful advice on how to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by investment in historic school buildings to create modern, well-equipped and inspirational learning environments.

“A successful scheme will strike the right balance between the requirements of all stakeholders and will be delivered within budget to the programme designed in the development phase. This will only be realised through fully understanding the existing building, ongoing liaison with stakeholders and robust project and risk management throughout the lifetime of the project,” Ian added.

Tim Brennan from English Heritage said, “Given current funding constraints facing the education sector, the successful refurbishment and remodelling of historic school buildings will continue to play a key role in the delivery of future school improvement and maintenance programmes. We describe this approach as Constructive Conservation, which aims to recognise and reinforce the historic significance of places, while accommodating the changes necessary to make sure that people can continue to use and enjoy them.”


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