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Looking Back or Looking Forward? A building programme on a school site can be a great learning opportunity. It can also be a major distraction or even a nuisance if the project drags on for weeks or months, as many seem to do. But, given the technology now at contractors’ disposal, should that still be…

As the severe restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 outbreak start to be loosened , to help businesses get back to work in as fast a way as is possible to do safely, education and local authority leadership teams across the country are no doubt striving to restart and get construction projects back on track. We…

The cost and speed advantages of using offsite construction for education building programmes are relatively well known. Out of all areas of public procurement, it is education that has seen the biggest uptake of modern methods of construction. Tight cost control and the confidence that even large and complex builds can be delivered to tight…

The UK’s housing crisis is starting to feel a bit like a never-ending issue. Here’s how the story revolves: The UK doesn’t have enough homes for the people who need them. Affordable and homes for social rent are in particularly short supply but we can’t build homes quickly enough without cost and quality penalties. We…

We are all responsive to our environment, which is why designing the right learning environment is so critical for creativity and attainment. If creativity is one of the skills we want to nurture in young people, it follows that we need to be creative about how learning spaces are designed. In fact, there’s plenty of…

It’s hard to know what else can be done to make the case in favour of offsite construction. KPMG conducted a major study some years ago, and then we had the Farmer Review. The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee came out strongly in favour of offsite, and the Independent Review of Build…

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…