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Published on June 13, 2016

Author: SteveHolmesFRICS

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2. School Design Improves Learning A school design that’s full of natural light, has good air quality, good acoustics, comfortable temperature control and enough space to allow for a range of activities will have a positive outcome on student’s results. However, policy can often emphasise quantitative evidence over qualitative, so it was good to find a piece of research conducted last year by Professor Peter Barrett entitled, Holistic Evidence and Design which put a figure on how the physical characteristics of a classroom impacts on the learning progress of pupils. That figure is 16%! Whilst there is no denying the many factors that contributes to raising educational attainment in schools, including great teaching, this research demonstrates good learning environments play a significant part towards supporting staff and students to give their best. The independent school sector realises that to differentiate their offering and compete against other fee paying facilities they have to invest in the quality of their learning spaces and school design beyond baseline specifications. This is where experience and shared knowledge plays a vital role. The ability to agree an effective brief, maximise value and deliver a solution that all key stakeholders are proud of is what we at Chawton Hill do best. Weunderstandthepressuresschoolsareundertodeliver,tobedistinctive andmaximisescarceresources.Weapproachprojectswithanethosof adaptability,knowingthefinalsolutionisalwaysadevelopmentofthe initialplan.Weworkhardtoinvolveallclientsintheprocess,something thatourISO9001:2008certificationhashadameasurableeffecton.We areparticularlykeentoreviewcarefullyeachproject–Diditdeliver?Were thereareasthatcouldhavebeenimproved?Arestudentsandteachers happywiththeoutcome? chawtonhill.com Its by applying this collective knowledge built up over years and hundreds of school design projects, that we are able to offer a specialist solution that minimises risks and maximises value.

3. chawtonhill.com 5 tips for education facilities Photo Voltaic Cells – providing the school with reduced price energy and an attractive feed in tariff rate when electricity is sold back to the electricity company Rain Water Harvesting – collecting water from the surface water system filtering it and reusing it for ‘grey water’ purposes including whole site watering, flushing of toilets and vehicle wash purposes Energy Monitoring Systems – providing gas and electric energy monitoring systems to record and display the usage of energy Water Control Systems – providing solenoid controlled water systems to turn off water supplies to unused areas of buildings avoiding ‘dead legs’ of unused pipework and reducing the risks of leaks going unnoticed in lesser used parts of the building Low VOC Materials – using materials that are less harmful to the environment by selecting low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) materials Material Selection – selecting of locally sourced materials where ever possible to avoid long vehicle movements, higher transport costs thus reducing the carbon foot print wherever possible We offer exceptional value for money. We pride ourselves in offering lump sum fee quotations where requested or percentages based upon contract values. Our hourly rates reflect our competitive position in the market place and we are flexible in meeting particular requirements of the client. We always tender building projects to a range of contractors to ensure best value for money and a credible spread of figures for discussion. Contractors are selected for their ability to produce good quality work and must show sound experience of working within the education sector, particularly how schools expects projects to be delivered, the constraints of access and the importance of being able to work around occupied school accommodation As members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors we have rules to follow to ensure we avoid conflicts of interest and always provide sound, impartial advice. We are particularly keen to review carefully each project – Did it deliver? Were there areas that could have been improved? Are students and teachers happy with the outcome? When specified, we have achieved BREEAM ‘Very Good’ on all of our school commissions and are always looking to incorporate effective green technologies such as; We place paramount importance on getting things right from the start of every commission. This means every project, no matter how big or how small must have a project delivery plan to ensure that our clients know what it is we will be doing for them and when. Our ISO 9001:2008 certification means that we follow set and approved procedures to enhance our service delivery, ensuring schemes are completed in the most effective way possible. 1 2 4 53 We have a proven track record in obtaining Planning Permission for education developments in the Green Belt.

4. “We are extremely proud of our team and their efforts to attain the ISO 9001:2008 certification” says Steve Holmes, Director, Chawton Hill “It means that quality is not just a concept, but a reality. Our policies and procedures document that, but our people show it in how they work – and particularly in how they engage with our customers. ISO 9001 :2008 certification reflects our continued commitment to quality and our commitment to our customers.” chawtonhill.com Chawton Hill Associates The Small Office Elm Road Leatherhead Surrey KT22 8AP info@chawtonhill.co.uk +44 (0) 1372 360 663

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