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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,…

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…