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EDUCATION: Broll Unlocks Improved Efficiency for Education


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Universities and other tertiary education institutions can take a lesson from South Africa’s top schools on improving cost efficiencies in managing vital functions, without compromising quality. This is according to Mike Maycock of Broll, the largest provider of specialised facilities management for private schools in South Africa.

“A well-honed facilities management model, strong management team and experienced support staff enables delivery of the unique, and often challenging, aspects that come with facilities management for education institutions. From access control to security, hygiene and grounds-maintenance, each has to be carefully planned and delivered upon,” says Maycock.

Broll's newest school client is the Gauteng based network of 10 King David schools, adding to the already impressive list of another top 14 schools across the country, including the likes of Hilton and Kearsney College.

“Through years of experience and developing a model that works, we're ideally placed to assist South Africa’s proud tertiary education institutions, particularly those that offer residential facilities,” adds Maycock.

Broll’s customised service is geared towards the smooth running of an education facility and, depending on schools’ requirements, Broll offers a comprehensive range of facilities management, from mechanical and electrical maintenance, cleaning, security and landscaping to the maintenance of sporting facilities, conservation programmes for the upkeep of grounds and other key facilities, including water treatment plants and swimming pools.

“Importantly, our services delivered in the most efficient and affordable way possible. Activities are also timed optimally, to accommodate factors such as peak usage of grounds, classrooms and residences. As an example, holidays provide an excellent window of opportunity for larger maintenance and building work,” explains Maycock.

“Systems and processes ensure a client’s long-term maintenance costs are monitored and controlled. This improved cost control is important for better financial reporting,” says Maycock. “It also means that management at the school can focus more on their core function -- education.”

It is little wonder then that places of education are increasingly opting to outsource many elements that were historically serviced in-house.

Ultimately, schools and universities benefit from transparent costing, bulk-buying power, a reduced administration load and the convenience of a single point-of-contact.

Broll also monitors health and safety requirements which play a vital role in reducing liabilities and risks. Its wider management expertise provides greater access to specialised facilities management know-how, without the added cost of specialist consulting fees.

“With over seven years experience in facilities management specifically for education, our highly trained project managers quickly integrate our team onto a new project with minimal intrusion or time-consuming handovers,” says Maycock.

The success of Broll’s education facilities management in South Africa has also created a demand for this service in Namibia and West African market where Broll currently has offices and a number of opportunities are being explored.

Broll’s school portfolio currently employs some 90 staff members, with each school assigned a dedicated client Broll facilities management specialist who, in turn, taps into a wider central and regional office network.

Maycock says that Broll’s integrated facilities management model for education takes into account the unique task that educators face in caring for the next generation.

“The quality of the service impacts directly on the learning environment. We are passionate about ensuring that learners are in a safe, well-maintained environment that is optimally geared to create a backdrop which is favourable for learning.”

“Continuous improvement is vital to the success of education facilities management in addition to creating and sustaining good, long-term relationships,” adds Maycock.

Broll is a multi-disciplinary property services company with nearly 35 years in the property industry. Broll’s services include property, shopping centre and facilities management as well as sales, leasing, valuations, retail consultancy, corporate real estate and investment services to the retail, commercial, industrial and investment markets. The company also has an A Grade BEE rating.

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