Faithful+Gould successfully completes final survey on Department for Education’s Condition Data Collection Programme

Angelina Padovano
Faithful+Gould has now completed 5,500 surveys of schools and academies, a quarter of the full schools’ estates across England.

We were appointed in December 2016 as one of four surveying organisations on the Condition Data Collection (CDC) programme; one of the largest building surveying projects in the UK public sector to date.

Terry Stocks, director and head of public sector and education at Faithful+Gould said: “Our appointment and success on a project of this magnitude and importance for the Department for Education is testament to our experience and capability in the education sector”.

The detailed condition, contextual and building management data being collected is providing the Department for Education with powerful information to understand the degradation of the school estate over time and what effect and impact the department's investment is having on the school estate. The data will also provide robust evidence to support the case for future investment.

Data from the CDC will directly inform future investment in the condition of school buildings and will provide an evidence base to support the successful delivery and development of education capital policy.

Chris Ball, regional director and Faithful+Gould lead on the programme said: “We’ve delivered 5,500 school surveys in 30 months, that’s over 20 million sqm of education estate, which is a fantastic effort from everyone involved. It’s been a fully collaborative approach across the whole of the project, we’ve utilised our national building surveying team, as well as support from the wider Atkins Group to deliver our allocation of school surveys ahead of schedule.

“We’ve also received some excellent feedback from the schools we’ve surveyed, with a 95% satisfaction score for visit experience and 96% for school report accuracy.”

Vince Jubb, Communications Manager on the Collection Data Programme said: “…Data from the CDC will directly inform future investment in the condition of school buildings and will provide an evidence base to support the successful delivery and development of education capital policy. A key factor in the success of the programme has been the effective partnership working with the delivery organisations including Faithful+Gould, one of the four surveying organisations…”

Due to the ongoing success of the project, Faithful+Gould has been appointed and is currently surveying a portion of the further education (FE) estate in England. Building on the success of the scope and methodology developed for the CDC programme, we will be undertaking surveys across more than 2 million sqm of FE college estate in just over three months. In line with the CDC, this will provide the DfE with a consistent condition data set, with which they will be able to better understand the current condition of the FE estate in England.

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