How to Choose the Right School Design & School Fit Out Partner

Design & Fit Out Partner Checklist

Are you about to embark upon a project to redesign, refurbish or fit out a new space in your school? If so, we’ve compiled this invaluable checklist to make sure you choose the right design and fit out partner. Here’s a rundown of smart questions to ask of any potential partners to see who really cuts the mustard…

1. Reputation

• Have they provided references – more than just 1?
• Have they provided several examples of similar past projects or case studies?
• Have they managed projects of similar size?
• Will they arrange site visits to see other completed projects?

2. Stability and Your Risk as the Client

• How long have they been in business?
• Do they have the capability to work in your region?
• Can they afford to purchase resources for your project?
• Will they guarantee to deliver on budget?
• Will they guarantee to deliver on time?
• Do they have formal feedback process at the end of the project?
• Do they have a formal snagging procedure?
• Is a Health & Safety and site plan included?

3. What Services are Included?

• Do they offer a full appraisal / observation of existing arrangements?
• Do they offer space planning, 3D and technical design?
• Do they create a virtual reality version of your design?
• Do they create a detailed fly-through of your design?
• Do they provide a selection of real samples and finishes?
• Does a specific project team/manager get assigned to your project?
• Is a detailed programme included?
• Do they provide a weekly, detailed client update?
• Do they offer advice on M&E integration / working with other contractors?

It’s important to consider all of these factors when selecting a partner to work with on any school refurbishment, revamp or fitout. A good due diligence process up front can save you a huge amount of time and expense further down the line.