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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…

In building projects, time is always of the essence. In the case of education buildings and university accommodation, there are fixed dates when facilities need to be ready. And for commercial builds, bringing project completion forward cuts financing costs and accelerates income streams. Erecting steel and concrete frames can usually (but not always) be achieved…

Late completion is a highly visible risk factor in any construction project. It certainly concentrates the minds of both customers and developers. But once the project is delivered (on time or otherwise), building performance and quality come to the fore. Does the focus on programme timing affect quality and performance? Experience suggests that it might….

Given recent events, nobody in the construction industry should need reminding about the importance of risk management. And yet, much of the industry continues to survive on tiny margins and use methods that have been shown, time and again, to bring significant risks. These risks come in the form of when projects will be completed,…

More than anything else, education building projects need certainty. Capital budgets are tight and not very flexible, and term dates can’t shift just because buildings aren’t ready or are beset by technical hitches. In this demanding commercial environment, BIM coupled with offsite construction offers a double guarantee over building performance and delivery. Building Information Modelling…