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Achieving a watertight structure is a pivotal milestone in every house building project. Once this is in place internal finishes and fit-out can begin in earnest. Weather permitting, achieving a dry structure with a traditional build can take several weeks. The milestone is usually the ‘best estimate’ and is likely to move in periods of…

The need for speed, simplicity and cost certainty has seen offsite construction increasingly adopted for education build programmes. The clear advantages often mean the debate isn’t about whether or not to use an offsite solution, but which specific method is most suitable. Broadly speaking the choice is between a volumetric or panelised approach. Volumetric involves…

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. The Farmer Report, a detailed economic analysis by…

Building programmes in an educational setting are sometimes not happy experiences. Often, this is down to the limitations of traditional building methods. Buildings that take too long to complete, have long snagging lists, go over budget or fall short of expected thermal or acoustic performance levels are all too familiar. But in this day and…

To design a classroom environment to boost learning you have to consider many factors. Sometimes these factors can be interrelated (for example, natural light and temperature) and sometimes poor performance in one aspect can offset gains in others. The obvious one here is acoustic performance; it doesn’t matter how well-lit and comfortable the environment is…

To be more productive and improve both quality and building performance the construction industry needs to innovate. To rise to this challenge the increasing use of offsite construction has been identified as one of the key areas of innovation. Recognising the need to build differently, the Government has a presumption in favour of offsite on…

We’ve known for some time that there was a looming crisis when it comes to providing enough classroom space to meet demand. According to research published by Scape Group, that crisis point has arrived. The research highlights the need for 12,835 additional classrooms by the 2021/22 academic year. That’s the equivalent of 640 new schools….

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,…