Allan Hunt is director of education at AHR Building Consultancy, and an expert on the Condition Improvement Funding (CIF) bidding process. Here, he advises on making a successful bid…

Richard Hyams from architects astudio discusses how modular buildings offer an affordable alternative to traditionally built classrooms…

For many of us, the idea of a modular school building will rouse memories of dank cabins lacking heating and running water, shunted onto school sites to meet intense demand for school places or as quick fixes during the construction of more permanent extensions.

Modular has come a long way since then, though, and such an image is a far cry from the reality of what modular buildings can do for our schools.

A team of six Year 10 students from Bradfield School, Sheffield, are to take part in the national finals of the engineering competition ‘F1 in Schools’ after placing 3rd in the Yorkshire and Humber regional final last month.

Energys Group won a competitive tender, worth over £1.7million, to manufacture, supply and install LED lighting to 12 Academies for two Academy Trusts.

The Ormiston Academies Trust and Brooke Weston Trust are sponsors of primary and secondary academies. As educational trusts, their aims are for all young people to have access to the highest academic, social and practical skills required to achieve their full potential, whether going on to study at a leading university or entering the world of work.

The opportunity

We were first made aware of the school place crisis we were going to encounter back in 2009/2010. On the back of this, strategic plans were put in place in terms of school extensions, new builds, academies and free schools. So where are we now?

It is said that the standard of the education is down to the teacher’s skills and somewhat of the individual; others will place more emphasis on the resources of the school. But what about the building itself? The sound of commuter traffic from the outside drifts in, voices in the hallway can be heard as people walk to class, a draft from the windows sweep in - not a comfortable environment to learn in, let alone to concentrate. Secondary glazing can help combat all of these problems and can also improve a building’s energy efficiency and increase window security.

Figuring out how to work with less space, time and cost? The Qube is your best formula.

We have hit the nail on the head when it comes to creating truly bespoke modular buildings. We’re unique in that we insist on using the highest quality materials, combined with the latest innovative design and Eco-smart features. 

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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Fusion21 has announced the contractors successfully appointed to its national Consultants framework, worth up to £90 million over a four year period.

 

A total of sixty six highly skilled firms – including several SMEs and multinational organisations – have secured a place on the framework following a rigorous selection process. 

 

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Tuesday 19 September 2017

When planning washroom facilities for school premises, there are various best practice design guides to point you in the right direction, such as how to choose the perfect urinals for your school or college

However, when it comes to swotting up on the rules and regulations that must be followed when installing amenities, it can be difficult to find the right information, with many people pointing out inconsistencies between varying versions of government guidelines.

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Thursday 14 September 2017

Looking for something that will challenge your pupils in new and exciting ways, whilst pushing them out of their comfort zone? Want to find a unique way to develop teamwork and soft skills? Look no further than Kong Adventure, Keswick! 



Based in the heart of the Lake District, we are a well-established centre specialising in all things adventurous, offering a vast range of activities, both indoors and out!  Each experience is tailor-made to your specifications, and every detail is carefully considered.