Lancaster Royal Grammar Secures Academies Repair Grant

Lancaster Royal Grammar School has secured £380,000 to replace its heating system and hot and cold water services to the main teaching block.

The funding was secured through a successful Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) bid by Eric Wright Professional Services, the Eric Wright Group’s dedicated Property Management and Maintenance division. The Preston-based education property specialist is currently on site at the grammar school for boys aged 11-18 delivering the works, which is due to complete mid-September.

CIF is a Government initiative set up by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to help academies and sixth-form colleges address significant condition needs and keep buildings in safe and good working order.

Richard Gittins, Bursar at Lancaster Royal Grammar School, said: “Eric Wright Professional Services provided valuable technical expertise and professional guidance to help us to develop a successful 2017-18 CIF submission.  They continued to deliver an excellent level of service, support and advice in addition to proactive project management support during completion of a complex and challenging programme of heating system and boiler replacement works, working in partnership with the school to ensure the project was delivered on time and within budget.  We have already commissioned them to help develop our 2018-19 CIF projects and I have no hesitation in recommending their expertise to other potential clients.”

Andrew Hird, Head of Professional Services at Eric Wright, concluded: “Funding is vital for school building repairs to make sure they’re fit-for-purpose and can deliver modern day learning needs. The improvements will enable both academies to maximise their budgets, without having to worry about allocating funds for building words.

“Our skilled team have been delivering property management and maintenance services in the education sector for decades and we’re urging other local academies to seek help. CIF bids require a significant amount of time and effort, and we take away this stress to leave school staff to concentrate on their core activities.”

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