The Design and Development team are part of Entrust, which is the joint venture between Capita and Staffordshire County Council formed in 2013 to deliver Educational Support Services.
What is your team responsible for?
Based at Entrust headquarters in Stafford, Entrust Property Services provide a complete multi-disciplinary property service for design, procurement and maintenance of clients’ portfolio of buildings.
Property Services are approximately 100 strong covering the whole range of building management, construction design and maintenance skills together with the appropriate technical support required to run a large multi-disciplinary practice.
The Design and Development team are part of Property and provide multidisciplinary design services for £30+ million of major construction projects per annum and development of school asset management strategies
Roughly how many people are in the team?
Design and Developments team of 50 staff which include five architects, eight project designers and eight civil and services engineers, also two RIBA part 2/3 trainee architects whom Entrust sponsor to complete their architectural training at University together with mentoring through project design and contract administration.
Our Quantity Surveyors and Project Management Team includes seven RICS quantity surveyors and APM qualified construction project managers, together with CDM Advisors and Development Officers.
We offer the complete design and management of major building projects from site selection through to completion. We work with other Capita teams such as Urban Vision and Outdoor Education, along with our major Clients Staffordshire County Council, Multi Academy Trusts, Universities, Police and Fire Authorities and other Public-Sector Clients
Describe a typical day for the team.
A typical day for the team can take them though the life of a construction project. Starting with our Development Officers discussing education building strategy for new schools with colleagues and politicians in Staffordshire County Council to our Project Managers day on site in boots and high vis managing building contracts, with all hands to the pump as a new school nears completion in time to open for the new school year in September.
Every week our creative Architects present inspiring master plans, feasibility options and concept schemes to clients for new buildings and extensions in the forthcoming years. As a scheme design progresses we use initiatives such as BIM (Revit), design standardisation, 3D visualisation modelling and sustainable design development together with construction contract frameworks for procurement to deliver millions of pounds of construction in the Staffordshire and wider Midlands area.
What is the proudest moment for your team?
We are always proud of the buildings we deliver as we strive to create inspirational, safe and efficient learning spaces however this summer we have been especially proud to deliver a new high school, the John Taylor Free School, Burton on Trent which is the first high school built in Staffordshire for 25 years. It took just three years from its commission through concept, procurement and construction to being open for pupils this September and has received wide acclaim especially from the ESFA Government department for its management and delivery strategy.
Tell us something that people may not know about the team.
Our team members are enthusiastic players in Capita Challenges, dragon boat races and adventurous sports of all kinds, besides the usual football, running and walking groups we have scuba divers, skiers, cross country cyclists, mountain climbers and water polo players in our midst. We are definitely up for a challenge!