DfE asks Aecom, Faithful + Gould and Rider Levett Bucknall to survey the school and FE college estate

The Department for Education has appointed Aecom, Faithful & Gould and Rider Levett Bucknall to lead a major review of the condition of England’s schools.

The trio have been appointed to carry out the DfE’s second major Condition Data Collection (CDC) programme, which involves surveying the entire school and further education college estate across England.


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The programme will run for the next three years and nine months

It involves surveying more than 22,300 education establishments and will include verifying the condition of around 70,000 buildings.

The programme will run from now until December 2025 and is one of the largest condition data collections exercises in the UK public sector.

This programme follows on from CDC1, which was completed between 2017 and 2019.

The data collected from the site visits across England will provide an evidence base to help the DfE prioritise future funding of the maintained school estate. 

A pilot phase has recently been successfully completed by the three consultants, who were also part of CDC1.