The pressures on schools to increase the number of available pupil places has been widely reported in recent years. The predicted shortfall of some 750,000 places presents major challenges to local authorities, headteachers, architects and contractors. How do you rapidly increase the size of a school with an ever decreasing budget? To say creative, reliable solutions are essential is an understatement.
Design & Build
Fusion21 has announced the launch of its Education Modular Buildings Framework, offering a potential combined worth of £225 million over a four year period.
Designed specifically to help the education sector provide cost effective and sustainable learning environments, the new framework has four lots including: Lot 1: Hire of Modular Buildings – Temporary Accommodation; Lot 2: Modular Construction with a value of up to £750K; Lot 3: Modular Construction with a value between £750K and £3 million; and Lot 4: Modular Construction worth £3 million and over.
Smarter Surfaces, traditionally known for multi-award-winning Smart Wall Paint, has expanded into the wall coverings industry.
Initially the product will be introduced in two versions: Smart Dry Erase Wallcovering and Smart Projector Wallcovering (Dry Erase, Low Sheen). They are the first in a range of functional wallcoverings being added to the existing collections.
Synthetic surface specialists, Bradleys Surfacing Systems were recently commissioned by Edenhurst Preparatory School in Newcastle-under-Lyme to install a new multi-sport facility.
The new AstroTurf has converted the school’s former tarmac tennis courts into a multi-use games area suitable for football, hockey, netball and tennis.
Former Stoke City FC footballer, Ricardo Fuller officially opened the new AstroTurf pitch during a special opening ceremony on October 14th in front of staff, pupils, parents and VIP guests.
As part of Dauntsey’s School development plans, the ‘Olive Building’ was commissioned to be ready for the new academic year starting
Academy and Sixth Form Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)
Alumasc have been working closely with academies throughout the UK for many years helping compile their applications in order to achieve CIF Funding (Condition Improvement Fund).
Alumasc have a success rate of over 85%.
Alumasc have an excellent track record of highlighting the requirements for a new roof, ensuring deliverability of the project and all within the required budget restraints.
BELOW OUTLINES THE MOST SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION METHODS AND CRITERIA:
Wooden decking can become hazardous in damp and slippery conditions, creating the possible threat of a slips or falls for anyone walking across the surface. Outside areas where people gather need to be made safe to comply with health and safety issues.
FibreGrid has come up with a solution to this problem with the development of Anti Slip Standard GRP Decking Strips, part of their affordable GRP SlipGrip® Standard range. Timber decking becomes safer with these quick and easy to install DeckGrip Strips, which come supplied with decking screws and are pre-drilled
Opting to install a canopy in a school would bring with it a number of benefits. The children would be able to play and learn outside in an environment that would not be affected by the wind or the rain. This makes it possible to spend time outdoors all year round but it also means that the children are protected from the sun during the summer as it blocks up to 99% of harmful UV rays.
From a safety perspective, the children will know that they have to remain within the canopy and this makes life easier for teachers.
The following reasons will show exactly why canopies are a great addition to any school.
According to the Carbon Trust, getting lighting right is essential for both energy efficiency and the bank balance of a school, and as importantly for the wellbeing of its occupants.
In the third of this special series of lighting in education guides, Energys will explore how LED upgrades can create multiple financial opportunities. It can also improve site health and safety, maintenance, and deliver infrastructure gains for bursars.
Many bursars know the basics; energy efficient LEDs save on bills and the environment. But, the right level and the best quality of light is crucial to alertness, accuracy and the overall enjoyment of those working and learning in schools too.
FibreGrid, the leading producer of anti-slip flooring products, launches its most affordable GRP range yet – SlipGrip® Standard.
With prices starting from as little as £11.40 per stair tread and £38.00 per flat sheet, the new SlipGrip® Standard from FibreGrid won’t be beaten on price. With falls, slips and trips accounting for the majority of employee injuries, a floor covering suitable for a wide variety of applications and traffic flows is crucial for a safe work place, and now the SlipGrip® Standard provides a very affordable solution. Perfect for those with budget limitations, or those just looking for a temporary anti slip solution, the Standard range is not only affordable but maintains the high quality standards of the FibreGrid SlipGrip® range.
As the number of pupils in schools increases, it is important to provide sufficient facilities to offer opportunities for outdoor learning and play. Shelters for schools can transform unused areas to create more space. Even the smallest area can be transformed into a valuable outdoorspace which can be used to deliver the national curriculum or as a designated place to encourage outdoor play.
CSG is a leading and award winning force within the waste management sector founded in 1934 operating from 27sites stretching from Southampton to Middlesbrough. CSG’s Chemical Specialists division is a market leader in providing waste management solutions to schools, universities, research centres, government departments and pharmaceutical chemical manufacturers. The University of Leeds has handed Fareham-based waste managers CSG a two-year contract to remove and treat all hazardous chemical waste from the university’s laboratory complex.
Off-site construction specialist, the Portakabin Group, has been awarded contracts by the Department for Education to rebuild two schools in the South East worth £8.2million.
The projects for St Bede’s Church of England Junior School in Woking and Riverview Church of England Primary School in Epsom are part of the Government’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), which addresses the needs of those schools in the worst condition across the country.
Monarfloor® Acoustic Systems, from Icopal, offers one of the largest acoustic product ranges in the UK covering new-build, conversion and refurbishment applications for Educational buildings.
Whether the structure is timber frame, steel frame, concrete or masonry, the company provides a single source for high quality products, service and technical support.
Monarfloor® products range from traditional Floating Floor Treatment systems (FFTs) through to innovative second generation systems specially developed for use in new-build projects, and absorption panels for both retro-fit and new-build.