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      College Buildings

      As a Bursar, it is imperative that you 'keep the lights on' ensuring the smooth running of day to day college activities.

      Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

      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. 

      Gonville & Caius College

      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.

      Service options

      Architecture

      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      Major Building Projects

      We deliver contextually sensitive landmark projects for our clients - unlocking potential and enhancing asset value.

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      Move Management

      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.

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      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.

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      Planned Maintenance

      Understanding the condition of your buildings allows you to prioritise, budget and plan for future maintenance or restoration - saving you money and energy.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      Strategic Master Planning

      Giving you the confidence to invest in long-term decisions to achieve a sustainable future.

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      Our project would not have been a success without your determination, persistence and professional approach.
      Hilary Clegg, Botanic Garden, University of Cambridge

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      Keble College graduates get 'legs' on this highly complex ground-breaking build, incorporating a basement research space
      Keble College

      Keble College graduates get 'legs' on this highly complex ground-breaking build, incorporating a basement research space

      Keble College graduates get 'legs' on this highly complex ground-breaking build, incorporating a basement research space
      A strong client relationship coupled with real tenant engagement are the keys to success
      Gonville & Caius

      A strong client relationship coupled with real tenant engagement are the keys to success

      A strong client relationship coupled with real tenant engagement are the keys to success
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