Headteacher Magazine, guide to services and products for UK Schools
With increased demand for primary school places and the projected increase for secondary school places over the next two decades, the need to expand school facilities is now more prevalent than ever.
The increase in demand has put vast amounts of pressure on our school systems and we are now seeing a range of problems including increasing class sizes with more infant classes over the 30 pupil limit, increased numbers of children being taught in temporary accommodation, increased home-school transport costs because children have to travel further to school and decreased parental choice with fewer parents being offered places at their first choice of school.
With increasing pressures on LEA’s from the Department of Education to meet the increased demand for school places modular buildings are an increasingly attractive prospect. The education sector is increasingly looking to off-site manufacturing as a faster, less disruptive, more flexible and more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional methods.
The Crown Commercial Service’s procurement guidelines advise that modular buildings deliver savings of up to 8%, have a 60 year lifespan with minimal maintenance costs and can easily be adapted to any purpose.
But like all manufacturing processes it means there is a lead time so any primary school, secondary school, LEA or academy that’s considering off-site construction should really be engaging with potential suppliers now.
The six-week summer break doesn’t leave much time to design, build and assemble new classrooms and school buildings before the new September intake.
If you want to fully understand the advantages of off-site manufacturing please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.
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