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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…

SIPs have already brought significant advantages to many Education projects in terms of reduced build times and greater certainty over costs and building performance. These advantages are generally well understood and accepted. Projects are also simplified by the load-bearing capabilities of the panels. Their inherent strength and stability means that they can be used to…

As the focus for construction procurement shifts increasingly from cost to value, certainty over building performance levels is becoming an increasing priority – particularly for Education buildings. Customers want greater confidence that design specifications for thermal and acoustic performance will be delivered in practice. They also want reassurances over structural stability and durability to minimise…

SIPs are now a tried and trusted infill solution for concrete and steel-framed buildings. The large format panels are easy to install and quickly create a weatherproof structure. This can be achieved one floor at a time to simplify the scheduling of fit-out works and M&E installation. The inbuilt thermal performance and low thermal bridging…

Education building projects are extremely demanding. Expectations for thermal performance are high – not just to save energy but also to maintain a comfortable ambient temperature all year round. Excellent acoustic performance is also essential to shut out noise that could disrupt learning. On top of this budgets are tight and projects need to be…