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With growing pressure to maximise the use of developed land, the reality of many building projects is that sites are being compressed into tight spaces. Access can be difficult, particularly with a school, college or healthcare facility that needs be extended when this was never envisaged in the original design. Minimal room for manoeuvring people,…

The breadth of technologies and approaches that come under the MMC umbrella can cause confusion. To say that a time or cost-critical project needs to be delivered using MMC could mean almost anything, from a few elements precast offsite, bathroom pods, or the complete building structure. It can also mean a variety of building systems…

For reasons of simplicity, speed and economy, steel and concrete framing is, and will remain, a common design choice. And as the drive towards net carbon zero building gathers pace, there is an increasing focus on how steel and concrete framed buildings can be made more sustainable. Recently, a three-year project aimed at making concrete…

According to a recent Knight Frank study, there are three times more full-time students in the UK than there are purpose built student accommodation bed spaces. Some students are happy to ‘live out’ for some part of their course, but there’s also no doubt that the availability of reasonably priced good quality accommodation, that is…

As pressure to maximise the use of existing developed land grows, building projects in live environments will probably become even more of a fact of life. Ensuring life carries on as normally as possible during construction can be challenging. It isn’t usually possible to relocate students while additional buildings, or sometimes a replacement school, are…

This is the Castle Hill School in Basingstoke. It’s one of many high-quality school buildings that have been delivered using Innovaré’s modular i-SIP System. Mention to some educational professionals that they’ll be moving to a modular or offsite-built classroom and you might well find them reaching for the TES Appointments section. Many have been scarred…

The fact that construction projects tend to be delivered late is hardly news. Back in 2015, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published statistics showing that 60% of projects came in late. Was 2015 a particularly bad year? Not really; tracking the data back to 2000 shows that in a typical year only 40-45%…

Back in late 2017 the Scape Group estimated that more than 14,500 additional classrooms were needed in the UK by the end of 2020 – just in the secondary sector. There’s no published data on how big a bite has been taken out of that target but it’s reasonable to assume there’s still a long…