Munday + Cramer

Munday + Cramer Chartered Building Surveyors (410)Company Profile

Munday + Cramer are Chartered Building Surveyors and Architects with over thirty years’ experience in working with Academies and Schools. Extensive experience has been gained in successfully securing CIF funding for a wide range of schemes to both primary and secondary academies. Since the inception of ACMF/CIF, over £50 million in Condition Improvement Fund projects have been secured across South-East England.


  • Building Surveying
  • Architectural Design
  • Project Management
  • Facilities Management

Regions Covered

  • Essex (including Thurrock and Southend)
  • Kent (including Bexley, Bromley and Medway)
  • South Suffolk
  • Hertfordshire
  • Bedfordshire
  • Buckinghamshire
  • London

Case Study 1 – Sportshall Refurbishment / Extension

Client: Gable Hall School
Location: Essex
Type of Client: Secondary Academy
Services provided by Munday + Cramer: Building Surveying | Funding Application (ACMF/CIF) | Architectural Design | Procurement | Project Management
Value: £500,437

A fast-growing school with a newly opened sixth form facility; Gable Hall School places a heavy requirement on its sports facilities. In addition to ‘standard’ curriculum, nearly one fifth of the growing sixth form took A-Level PE (a figure expected to rise in following years), emphasising the workload of the existing facilities. As a result, the main sportshall and changing facilities were beginning to suffer as a result of their age and an exponential increase in maintenance issues. Additionally, no classrooms were located around the facility, hindering class-based learning for PE courses.

Due to the catalogue of issues identified as part of the asset register and a detailed condition survey, and the qualitative issues raised; a strategic decision was made to seek funding from the EFA via the ACMF (now CIF) scheme for larger-scale maintenance works.

Along with the condition survey and asset register/maintenance plan, a range of supporting evidence was collated to illustrate the severity of the conditions and importance of remedial works being undertaken. Within the sportshall itself, major structural work was required to reinstate the playing surface, which had effectively suffered a ‘broken spine’ along it’s length. The barrel vault roof had also failed significantly leading to water ingress throughout creating dangerous conditions indoors and limiting the sportshalls’ use. Changing facilities were grossly inadequate and in poor condition with poor hygiene. More widely, the configuration of the sports facilities were not well suited to today’s usage; no direct field access to changing areas and no disabled access at all.

To resolve these not insignificant issues, a detailed bid was developed to include a range of works including:

  • Roof replacement to the main sportshall
  • Substrate and specialist sportshall floor replacement
  • Replacement of existing sportshall lighting to new, Sport England compliant LED lighting
  • New build construction of two changing rooms with full shower/WC facilities
  • Re-modelling of existing changing rooms to provide dedicated PE classrooms
  • General refurbishment of the communal area within the PE department.

Funding was successfully achieved, and subsequent to the original procurement process; a revised works programme was developed to separate the new-build/re-modelling work away from the refurbishment of the sportshall and ensure minimal disruption to the school whilst works were undertaken. This revision to the programme and project as a whole proved successful, enabling the sportshall work to be completed during the summer period, minimising it’s downtime, whilst the new-build/re-modelling scheme could be phased to ensure continuity of facilities during term-time.

Cast Study 2 – Kitchen Extension / Refurbishment

Client: Greensted Junior School
Location: Essex
Type of client: Primary Academy
Services provided by M+C: Building Surveying | Funding Application (ACMF/CIF) | Architectural Design | Procurement | Project Management
Value: £115,000

Greensted Junior School is a popular Basildon Junior School, forming a primary setting alongside the adjoining Greensted Infant School and Nursery. As part of Munday + Cramer’s long-term activities with the school (see our case study for the school’s estate plan), the Government’s Universal Infant Free School Meal’s (UIFSM) presented a significant challenge for the school’s existing kitchen facility.

The junior school’s kitchen provided hot meals for the neighbouring infant school, creating an extra 75 meals for the catering staff, over an above the school’s own provision. The introduction of UIFSM posed the likelihood of the catering output suffering a 54% increase following the provision of the additional meals. This level of increase was deemed unsustainable within the existing facilities, with a detailed options appraisal highlighting either the creation of a new kitchen facility within the infant’s school, or a kitchen extension within the existing facility.

This options appraisal and ultimately a feasibility study in to the cost implications of the various options focused the school towards creating the kitchen extension to the existing facilities, enabling the junior school to continue its contracted services for the infant school.

A detailed bid for funding was developed using the evidence gathered regarding the usage of the kitchen, the conditions and the wider significance of the required work, and was submitted to the EFA as part of the ACMF scheme (now CIF). The full amount was successfully obtained, with works starting on-site just two months later; having been fully tendered as part of the bid development process.

Whilst a tight time-frame, the works were delivered on-programme and completed by the October half-term. Works were carefully coordinated to ensure minimal impact to the kitchen’s busy operation.

Case Study 3 – New Reception (Safeguarding)

Client Name: Beaconsfield High School
Location: Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
Type of client: Secondary Academy
Services provided by M+C: Building Surveying |Planning Services | Procurement | Project Management | Funding Application
Value: £429,844
Contractor: Forum Contracts

Beaconsfield High School is an all girls grammar school based in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. Because the school achieves good academic results, it remains a popular choice for parents in the area. The school’s senior management team had identified that the school buildings’ safeguarding measures were insufficient, and asked Munday + Cramer to work with them to address this. As is common within the education sector, the school’s budgets were insufficient to fund any improvements. With this in mind, Munday + Cramer recommended that the school make an application to the ESFA for a grant under the CIF initiative.

Safeguarding Issues

Munday + Cramer initially conducted a non-intrusive visual survey of the site. He found that the school site was very open to both vehicles and foot traffic. The perimeter fencing was low-level, and there were no security controls to gates. Once onsite, the reception area offered very little access control, and visitors were able to move freely between buildings. Furthermore, there was no CCTV installation which seriously restricted reception staff’s ability to monitor visitor’s movements around the school buildings. In addition to these problems, the site was vulnerable to break-ins and vandalism outside of school hours.


The Munday + Cramer team designed a solution to address the issues that the school were facing. Their proposal included:

  • A new front reception lobby with controlled access to the main reception area
  • Toilet facilities and seating area for unauthorised personnel to use whilst waiting for an escort to accompany them into the main building
  • Electromagnetic door locks requiring either reception staff activation, or a a fob/card to open
  • A secure meeting room just off of the outer lobby providing an area to converse confidentially with a visitor, without allowing them further access to school buildings
  • CCTV installation, monitoring key points of the site including the car park entrance
  • New car park barriers, with access controlled by reception
  • New higher perimeter fencing

These measures enable school staff to control who gains access to the site, and more importantly, restrict movement to appropriate areas.


Munday + Cramer completed a full tender process in order to provide cost certainty to the ESFA. Forum Contracts returned the most competitive price, and were provisionally appointed pending the CIF fund result. Although the school were facing budget constraints, they managed to commit 5% of the total cost of the works from their reserves. It is fair to say that many CIF approved schemes are those which will provide the school with ongoing maintenance cost savings. Whilst this project did not fit that criteria, Munday + Cramer and the school made an excellent case, based on the need to improve safeguarding and the application was successful.


The project was too large to take place solely within the school holidays. The school therefore made provision for some of the works to take place at the end of the summer term. Munday + Cramer’s project management team worked closely with the school to schedule tasks to minimise disruption to learning. In addition, the school made the site available during evenings and at weekends so that the contractor could complete the noisiest/most disruptive works outside of school hours. All works were complete by the beginning of the new school term in September and the school site is significantly more secure.


Contact Details

Contact: Lewis Barr – Associate Director

Address: 39 Knight Street, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5ZL


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