TDA's Property Services team provides condition surveys for Plymouth CAST, the largest Multi-Academy Trust in the South West.
Onsite surveys were completed at all 36 school sites within the Trust, located across Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. The surveys took three months to complete and the results presented to the client.
The condition survey includes a visual inspection of the building’s structure and its electrical elements. This allows the Property Services team to identify the required spending on the asset and budget for the costs of the repairs.
Following the results of the surveys, TDA provided a range of services to save the schools time and money to meet statutory compliance. Works included electrical repairs, roofing replacement, toilet refurbishment, playground resurfacing, fire alarm and boiler replacements.
Plymouth CAST needed to upgrade their onsite intruder alarms in many of their schools, and link them to the fire alarm systems to meet new insurance requirements. TDA upgraded the systems and, in some cases, installed new systems to provide enhanced remote monitoring and higher levels of safety. All 36 Plymouth CAST sites now have a system which automatically contacts the security company or fire service when activated.
TDA provided Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) at ten schools located in Plymouth, Penzance, Torbay, Dartmouth and Dorset. This infomed Plymouth CAST of the benefits of replacing lighting in offices, classrooms, corridors and toilets in some of the schools to minimise ongoing costs. By converting to LED's and using automatic detection devices, the sites are now much more energy efficient.
Some of the essential works that TDA has carried out has helped ensure that schools have remained open throughout the academic year.
TDA's Property Services team are providing services for at least six separate academy trusts in several locations across the South West including South Hams District Council, West Devon Borough Council, and Somerset County Council.
Additional services available include repair and maintenance programmes and any required remedial works. TDA also delivers school extension and remodelling projects, project management, structural engineering and flood alleviation.
“Our highly experienced team applies the same project management approach to all aspects of our work, whether large or small, simple or complex. We were delighted to work with Plymouth CAST, raising the profile of our work regionally with a growing number of public and commercial sector clients.”