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Building Surveyors

Educational Establishments

We can provide a diverse range of professional services to your establishment, from simple day to day reactive maintenance advice right through to full AutoCAD design & build of your proposed Academies Capital Maintenance Fund (ACMF) or in-house capital project/s (with optional colour 3D walk through renders for presentation and visualisation purposes) to suit all varieties of budgets and tastes.

All the team at JAC LTD are Enhanced (DBS) checked (formerly CRB) and in addition have 'unblemished' Criminal Record Certificates both in accordance with section 113A and 114 of the Police Act 1997.

Academies Capital Maintenance Fund (ACMF)


The Department for Education is providing in excess of £250 million (ACMF) for open Academies in the 2015-16 financial year (April 2015 to March 2016). The size this fund has been calculated on the same basis as the allocations to local authorities for their maintained schools. The majority of the fund will be allocated following an initial application round in March 2015. A contingency fund will be withheld to address urgently arising projects on a case by case basis. The remainder will be allowed in one or more further rounds to be announced later in 2015, primarily to allow for Academies which open after the initial round.

Each eligible Academy may submit one application consisting of up to three capital projects.

The fund will be administered by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) in April 2015.

Project Requirements:

Capital projects must create, acquire, or enhance an asset, including extending its useful life.

The guideline minimum project size is £10,000 for Primary Academies and £25,000 for Secondary, Middle and All Through Academies. Smaller projects should be funded through use of Devolved Formula Capital, revenue or other funding sources. Projects below these levels may be funded by exception; project costs should not be inflated to reach the guideline minimum. Given the time constraints for the programme, applications for projects towards the minimum size will be particularly welcome.

There is no maximum size of project, although projects over £1 million may not be deliverable within the 2015 deadline unless they are ready to proceed with design complete, planning approval granted and a contractor appointed. Larger schemes may be deliverable if the Academy applies for the limited amount of 2015-16 funding likely to be available.

Academies that do not have developed projects will need to consider the risk of committing their funds to develop projects to complete their application, against the urgency and importance of the works required and likelihood of success of their application. The application process is intended to be ‘light touch’ and proportional to the nature and scale of works.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide accurate and realistic information on the timescales and costs for delivery of each project to demonstrate that the project has been thought through effectively, and to enable the EFA to assess whether the project outcomes can be delivered on time and achieve value for money. These aspects of the project will be monitored against the information provided following award of funding; funded projects found to have inflated cost estimates and undeliverable programmes may have their funding reduced or withdrawn.

  • Academies
  • Colleges
  • Nurseries
  • Prep Schools
  • Schools
  • Universities

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