10/05/2012

Shepherd Group launches Education Delivery Package

The Shepherd Group has launched a new initiative that is designed to take a holistic view of reducing the cost of education building projects by up to 40%.

Responding to the challenges posed by the James Review into Education and the Government's new construction strategy, the `˜ Shepherd Options' package is based on utilising the combined thinking, expertise, processes, solutions, techniques and engagement principles employed by the Group's operating companies and supply chain partners.

The Shepherd Group believes this pooled approach, drawing on a palette of standard components, will drive out any waste and duplication through the planning process and project delivery to achieve the best solution to meet a client's needs, whether it's a modular construction, traditional new-build or refurbishment, or a hybrid of traditional and modular.

Rather than delivering a standardised building, the initiative offers clients a solution which brings together all of the Group's experience from design through to facilities management*.

The offering is guaranteed to deliver more cost effective buildings in quicker timescales than the Government benchmark.

However Gary Edwards, Executive Director of Strategic Development for Shepherd Group Built Environment explains this is not just about offering a standardised off-the-shelf model: "We have listened carefully to all stakeholder groups. Offering a solution that standardises the process, materials and certain aspects of design whilst leaving clients with a product that really suits their individual needs is critical - Shepherd Options allows this.

"Whether for a nursery, primary or secondary school, there is no doubt that we can deliver school buildings for less.

"We're harnessing our joint experience which has been amassed after completing more than 1200 education projects during the past five years, equivalent to £748 million of improvements across the UK. This experience, together with our transparent systems and our partnership working ethos means we can retain a flexible approach while giving clients far more certainty and choice when it comes to delivering their vision within their budget."