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Predicting demand for school places has never been a perfect science – but in the past it has always been based on managing demand for new places, or the need to replace dilapidated and unsuitable buildings. Covid-19 is throwing in a whole new set of challenges requiring a rapid response, to managing the balance to…

Innovations in building materials and technologies have always fuelled revolutions in architectural style. Whether it’s humble historical developments like the ability to mass produce fired bricks, or more recent innovations in structural steel and reinforced concrete, all have left their imprint on our built environment. Arguably, we stand at the dawn of a new age…

TV News footage at the start of the Covid-19 crisis showed just how challenging it is to maintain safe social distancing on traditional construction sites. We face the possibility of future waves of infection, localised lockdowns, or colleagues having to isolate after being notified by a contact tracer. These all add additional elements of timing…

Covid-19 has brought about real challenges for construction balancing the imperative to mange the safeguarding and wellbeing of operatives with the need to get sites up and running as effectively as possible, as quickly as possible. Rapid SIP structural fabric solutions can help accelerate the return to work and claw back project programmes to get…

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…