Birmingham Schools Private Finance Initiatives (PFI)

The project was to act as sustainability advisor to a consortia bidding for the DBFO of 13 schools with an estimated value of £70M. The project called for a high level of sustainability in the eventual designs but within challenging budgets, identifying a method for measuring sustainability in the schools covering both the design and the operation. We recommended BREEAM for Schools. Rank the sustainability measures by cost to allow the project consortia to adopt the ‘free’ and ‘low cost’ measures first. Work with the design and FM team to ensure a robust sustainability approach was adopted.

The challenge: To make sustainability compliance simple and measurable to identify a simple compliance system and provide a cost plan that accurately priced the cost of sustainability compliance, to provide sustainability compliance within a tight budget. BREEAM for Schools was adopted as the method for measuring sustainability on the project. The on-cost for compliance with BREEAM Excellent was identified as being between £20-£30/m² depending on variables such as site constraints, minimum building specification (materials) and school size.



Architectural drawing showing a building's sustainability features

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