Between academies, free schools, grammar schools and the charitable status of independent establishments, the UK’s education sector has seen considerable reforms, and continues to experience changing regulatory treatment. Changes and cuts in government funding have emphasised the importance of keeping operational costs down, and getting the most out of existing assets is top of every school’s agenda. In such an environment, effective estate management is central to a school’s financial position, and a key element of its overall strategy.
Gerald Eve’s work in the education sector encompasses a range of technical skills and disciplines, including: valuation; purchase; disposal and letting; landlord and tenant; planning and development; business rates; and building consultancy. With direct experience of specialist real estate and trading businesses, Gerald Eve is uniquely well-placed to provide advice that is not only innovative and creative, but also acutely aware of the sensitivities surrounding education real estate.
Gerald Eve’s education team of five partners and six associates is based in London, with expert representation across the firm’s national office network. Clients and projects across the full range of educational organisations include: the sale and leaseback of Fulham Prep School; the sale of Combe Bank School in Sevenoaks; and the valuation of The Perse School in Cambridge.