Why condition surveys can transform your academy
When you take on the management of an academy’s estate you also take responsibility for a whole raft of surveys and assessments: fire risk assessments, energy efficiency surveys and sports facilities assessments to name but a few.
But one survey should be top of the list for any business manager with a vision of the future for their academy or Multi-Academy Trust (MAT); it is the condition survey.
Why have a condition survey?
The purpose of a condition survey is to build a complete picture of your academy’s material state, identifying those premises in need of improvement and prioritising deficiencies and maintenance issues.
It also provides crucial documentary evidence for a MAT, when prioritising its Schools Condition Allocations (SCA), or for an Academy in support of its applications for a Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) grant.
In addition, academies must now have an asset management strategy in place which normally includes a cycle of condition surveys, typically every five years. A condition survey also meets the new Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) requirement for academies to submit information for the Land and Buildings Collection Tool (LBCT).
What is a condition survey?
A condition survey is carried out by qualified surveyors and provides objective information about the condition of your premises. It uses a common grading system to enable fair comparison across sites and allow effective prioritisation.
A condition survey includes:
- A description and narrative of findings,
- Clear condition grades of individual premises within the estate,
- Recommendations for remedial works or replacements, and their costings,
- Identification of associated risks and priorities,
- Information about other benefits, for example energy savings,
- Weather conditions at the time of the survey and in the week prior to it should also be recorded.
Unlocking your academy’s potential
A condition survey can vary in cost from a few hundred pounds to more than a thousand, depending on the extent of the estate being surveyed. However, it could unlock a much greater sum that allows your academy to create a safer, more conducive learning environment for students.