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A significant building programme for SEN schools is being planned. So it makes sense to consider how to ensure that these new schools will create learning environments that are fully responsive to the needs of students. MMC will undoubtedly play a significant role in many of these programmes. They offer significant advantages, some of which…

The case in favour of greater use of offsite construction has largely been settled. Faster build times, better quality, more cost certainty and less environmental impact are some of the factors that convinced the Government to adopt a presumption in favour of offsite for publicly funded projects well before Covid ever appeared. The Farmer Report,…

Every new-build school is an opportunity to take a fresh look at what we mean by good design. It’s a chance to cast aside preconceptions and design an environment around the real needs of the learning community. This is essential with new schools for SEND learners. There are many new special needs schools in the…

One of the most significant trends in construction is the move towards solutions that work with nature, rather than against it. Nature-based construction comes in several forms, but it only makes complete sense if the construction process uses materials that are more in harmony with the environment. Biomimicry, for example, uses concepts inspired by nature…

Early engagement with specialist contractors is becoming more widely recognised as a critical factor in achieving better outcomes from a construction project. And when it comes to outcomes, nothing is more fundamental than a building that meets users’ needs. This is particularly true in the case of special needs education. SEND is a wide-ranging term…

When faced with a challenge on the scale of meeting the UK’s house building needs, the last thing you need is uncertainty. The commitments of financial and physical resources needed to create 300,000 new homes each year are enormous. The emphasis has to be on removing obstacles and uncertainties (without being reckless) rather than creating…

Incorporating the needs of individual school communities into the design calls for people with in-depth experience and knowledge. Where we can help is with finding innovative, practical and cost-effective ways to deliver what specialists recommend. Successful project delivery depends on close collaboration between SEND specialists, architects and our design engineers from the outset of the…

What do you do when the ideal, or only, available site for a new building is surrounded by other buildings that are already in use? In the past the only viable answer might have been to give up. The project would have been too disruptive, difficult or costly, no matter how badly the potential new…