Design professionals with the skills, experience and knowledge about what makes a good school are being encouraged to apply to become an accredited Client Design Advisor (CDA) to work with local authorities, schools, communities and contractors as part of the national Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
The new Education CDA list will be a key element of the support linked to the BSF Minimum Design Standard introduced in May 2009. Designs falling short of the standard will not proceed through procurement and into construction.
Local authorities will be expected to select an accredited Education CDA to work with them throughout their BSF project, from initial project planning and stakeholder engagement, through design and even after the school has opened and is in use. The wide-ranging role will entail advising and guiding local authorities through the procurement process to help them ensure they get well-designed schools and grounds. The CDA will also be required to advise on sustainability issues.
From 18 March 2010 built environment professionals will be able to apply to be on the accredited Education CDA list, which is being set up jointly by Partnerships for Schools, (PfS), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). The RIBA is managing the accreditation and list on behalf of PfS, the organisation responsible for schools capital programmes including BSF. PfS is supporting local authorities in their appointment of CDAs, and CABE will provide specialist training and organise opportunities for sharing knowledge.
Tim Byles, Chief Executive of PfS, said: “BSF is leading the way in design matters to ensure that this unprecedented investment results in schools which are safe, welcoming and inspiring places to learn. The new Education Client Design Adviser role will be key to helping local authorities develop a clear design brief, taking into account the views of schools and the local community, and to keep this vision at the forefront throughout procurement and into construction and beyond.
“Working together with the RIBA and CABE, we are committed to identifying and nurturing talented and passionate design professionals who can guide and support local authorities to deliver the very best schools fit for the 21st century.”
Paul Fletcher, Chair of RIBA CDA Steering Group and RIBA National Councillor, said of the initiative: “The CDA role is critical to ensuring that client and end user outcome value is created through modern procurement methods and is a key aspect of the RIBA’s commitment to enabling quality and value in public sector projects. We are very pleased to be working jointly with CABE in developing and managing an Education specific CDA for PfS. We are hopeful that other government departments will now too recognise the importance and value of RIBA accredited CDAs and jointly develop other sector specific CDA roles.”
Peter Maxwell, head of better public building at CABE, said: “CABE is helping local authorities choose good design for all their BSF schools. One of the many ways we do this is by ensuring that CDAs have the right knowledge, skills and experience. We are running a number of training and networking events, looking at issues such as sustainability, minimum design standards, affordability and post occupancy evaluation.”
Professionals applying to be on the list will be asked to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and experience under the following headings:
Vision and experience;
Setting and safeguarding design quality;
Design value management;
Use of the buildings.
Applications can be made online via the RIBA website. The closing date for applications is 30 April 2010, with the accredited list due to be published in June. Applications will be considered by an independent panel, bringing together experts in all aspects of procuring, designing and building schools.
For further information on becoming a CDA Adviser, contact David Plaisant at the RIBA on 020 7307 8566 or firstname.lastname@example.org