Bond Bryan’s Steve Maslin will be discussing “The Impact of the Area Review of FE Colleges”at the next ECN breakfast

Bond Bryan Associate Director, Steve Maslin, will be speaking at the next Education Construction Network (ECN) Breakfast on 27th October 2016.

Steve will be part of an expert panel discussing “The Impact of the Area Review of FE Colleges”. The government’s policy statement – “Reviewing Post-16 Education and Training Institutions” – sets out their approach to facilitating a restructuring of the Further Education sector through a series of area-based reviews of provision. The aim is to move towards “fewer, larger, more efficient and efficient providers and a more effective collaboration across institution types.”

The panel will look at:

– What is the intended function of an FE College?
– Why was there a need for an Area Review?
– What type of student should they be catering for?
– Will there be collaboration or will they still be competing with each other?
– What impact will the Area Review have on College Estates?

Steve has worked with dozens of Further Education colleges over the last 18 years, acting as the “Client Champion” to develop options-based property strategies. These focus on increasing efficiency and reducing capital/revenue costs and releasing disposal receipts that can be reinvested in capital projects. Strategy work has also included Higher Education – latterly the University of Sheffield Faculty of Engineering’s Development Framework – whose multi-phased £200m recommendations are currently being built out.
Steve has carried out research into floor-space standards and utilisation rates in Education; his direct consultancy, to the former Learning & Skills Council, forms the basis of current advice on floor-space efficiency to colleges in England for Property Strategies and Area-based Reviews.
On the back of strategic work, he has also led the briefing on a number of complex multi-user buildings in Higher and Further Education. One recent example was The National College for High Speed Rail – a two-campus 13,000m2 new college – for which Steve led the inception briefing and concept design. His role on this challenging project involved developing the strategic brief with rail industry representatives, including HS2, alongside Doncaster and Birmingham Councils.

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