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The Covid-19 pandemic made us all more aware of the link between good ventilation, hygiene and wellbeing. It isn’t just that stale, poorly circulated air helps airborne germs to spread, it’s also important to regulate CO2 levels to help alertness and concentration. There’s also a well-established connection between natural lighting and effective learning environments. In…

Around the globe there are countless exciting buildings being constructed mainly from wood. Last year, Canada alone, had over 500 mid-rise timber buildings under construction (The Guardian). In France, President Macron decreed that all new publicly funded buildings must be at least 50% wood and that every building below eight storeys in height built for…

There are all sorts of ways that organisations and technologies can claim to be contributing to net carbon zero goals. Isolated actions may have some impact but in the field of construction there are interconnected factors that have to be considered if you want to see the full picture. That’s why we talk about a…

A significant building programme for SEN schools is being planned. So it makes sense to consider how to ensure that these new schools will create learning environments that are fully responsive to the needs of students. MMC will undoubtedly play a significant role in many of these programmes. They offer significant advantages, some of which…

The case in favour of greater use of offsite construction has largely been settled. Faster build times, better quality, more cost certainty and less environmental impact are some of the factors that convinced the Government to adopt a presumption in favour of offsite for publicly funded projects well before Covid ever appeared. The Farmer Report,…

Every new-build school is an opportunity to take a fresh look at what we mean by good design. It’s a chance to cast aside preconceptions and design an environment around the real needs of the learning community. This is essential with new schools for SEND learners. There are many new special needs schools in the…

One of the most significant trends in construction is the move towards solutions that work with nature, rather than against it. Nature-based construction comes in several forms, but it only makes complete sense if the construction process uses materials that are more in harmony with the environment. Biomimicry, for example, uses concepts inspired by nature…

Early engagement with specialist contractors is becoming more widely recognised as a critical factor in achieving better outcomes from a construction project. And when it comes to outcomes, nothing is more fundamental than a building that meets users’ needs. This is particularly true in the case of special needs education. SEND is a wide-ranging term…