As a Bursar, it is imperative that you 'keep the lights on' ensuring the smooth running of day to day college activities.
Trinity’s Grade I listed chapel needed extensive repairs and trustworthy advice - only a team with our expertise could pull it off
Our trusted advisors can manage your property and estate proactively to enable you to get on with your day job. Appointing Bidwells for one service will give you access to all of our experts.
As advisors since the 1850s to 75% of Cambridge colleges, and more recently advising 65% of Oxford colleges, no one knows colleges like us. We will understand your issues and the context of the issue, providing advice which delivers the best outcome for the college.
We will help you to future-proof your estate. Be it a historic or modernist building, we can identify maintenance and repair needs before they become an issue and assist in ensuring you meet sustainability credentials.
Whether for internal operational college facilities, student accommodation, lecture theatres, dining halls or your investment portfolio - or even building IKEA furniture late at night for 70 students arriving the next day - we have most likely done it.
Having project managed new student accommodation for Lucy Cavendish College, completing complex logistical projects for Trinity College and helping Gonville & Caius College to keep attracting tenants and secure future income, it is fair to say we have done it all.
We don't just bring creativity to the table; we help to liberate your project’s potential by seeing things differently, and help to draw out and unlock your vision.
Capital Project Funding Advice
Whether you are acting on behalf of a university or a developer in funds, receiving informed and researched advice about how best to fund your capital project is crucial in a project’s successful development.
Conservation and Refurbishment
When refurbishing your historic property, handing over responsibility to someone who understands the physical importance and historical significance of each feature and knows how to manage the work is enlightening.
Major Building Projects
We deliver contextually sensitive landmark projects for our clients - unlocking potential and enhancing asset value.
Moving people and things into a building after construction can be a stressful proposition, or even a logistical nightmare. We help to streamline and make things as pain-free as possible.
Neighbour and Stakeholder Relations
Whether you are wanting to start work on your property or have been informed by your neighbour of works happening, we act in your interest and unburden the whole process.
Understanding the condition of your buildings allows you to prioritise, budget and plan for future maintenance or restoration - saving you money and energy.
Planning and Heritage
We demystify the world of planning and heritage for our clients, guiding you through best practice with a constant appreciation for your property’s value and your need for commercial advice.
Project and Cost Management
Handing over management, communication and responsibility to experts you can trust to deliver your project is a complete breath of fresh air. We take away a huge amount of burden and risk.
Project Monitoring and Audit
The construction market remains buoyant but fraught with challenges. Our attention to detail on project monitoring and independent auditing is not only reassuring but key to ensuring the project remains compliant.
Property and Estate Strategy
Understanding of a College's operational portfolio, its existing and potential use, likely refurbishment costs and realising opportunities is key to avoiding any costly surprises.
Strategic Master Planning
Giving you the confidence to invest in long-term decisions to achieve a sustainable future.