About Us

Spatial Initiative is the joint venture of property services company Styles&Wood and offsite construction specialist ESS Modular.

A bespoke combination of expertise

Spatial Initiative offers the education sector a uniquely tailored service delivering buildings that really work for our clients and their end users.

Spatial Initiative is proud to have been appointed to three frameworks by the Department for Education (DfE) using modern construction methods to deliver exceptional learning environments across schools in England.

In addition to the DfE’s Primary Block framework, we were also appointed to eight lots on the DfE Contractors Framework in November 2017 for delivery of the DfE’s £4.4bn Priority School Building Programme and secured a place on its Secondary Block Framework in July 2018.

Meet the Board

Our team shares a passion to create innovative spaces and inspirational environments, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in providing flexible solutions for educational building programmes.


Paul Tierney

Paul has 28 years’ experience of delivering offsite modular solutions in the education sector, and alongside Ronan Smyth has been the driving force behind ESS Modular. Paul’s extensive knowledge and continuing development of our component design ensures we deliver the optimum solution for our clients, maintaining quality across all on and off site works. 


Andy Shaw

Andy brings over 30 years’ experience of overseeing delivery of high quality, fast track fit out projects to the Spatial Initiative team. In his role as Operation Director at Styles&Wood Andy has led success within the education, commercial and banking sectors and has a strong focus on the development of long term relationships with leading public and private sector clients.


Ronan Smyth

Ronan joined ESS Modular in 2004. Over the past decade, Ronan and Paul have developed a sustainable business specialising in all aspects of offsite modular solutions. Focused on delivering quality, affordable solutions, it is Ronan’s progressive drive which makes him a perfect fit to meet the ambitions of the joint venture.


Sarah Morton

Sarah holds overall responsibility for the day to day management of Initiative. Sarah has over 20 years’ experience working within the construction industry, overseeing delivery of education projects from initial design concept through to post-handover. Sarah’s passion for delivering quality education spaces, makes her the perfect fit to drive and lead our wider team of design and construction specialists.

Our Senior Management Team

Join the Team

Our people bring initiative to reality, it’s their passion and expertise we embrace and are proud of. We’re dedicated to helping shape the future of education and the construction industry which is why we offer a wide range of career opportunities alongside training and development programmes.

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Become a Partner

At Spatial Initiative our supply chain partners are trusted members of the team. We work with them to provide access to our specialist support and opportunities to develop and grow their business, whilst working collaboratively to deliver for our clients.

80% of our supply chain partners are SME’s. By building local clusters of material suppliers and subcontractors, we are able to keep 60% of all project spend within the areas local to where we work.

If you would be interested in becoming a supply chain partner, please download and complete the below form and email it back to us at enquiries@spatialinitiative.com

Download Supply Chain Form

Social Value

We’re committed to building strong relationships with local communities, charities and schools, by offering on-going volunteering and employment opportunities and leaving a lasting legacy for future generations.

Why Choose Spatial Initiative?