Offsite construction can help deliver the education infrastructure the UK needs

Sarah Morton, director at Initiative, said: “Modular construction is the ideal method for accelerating the provision of new schools across the UK. We know that one of the biggest barriers to school construction is speed of delivery and value for money, meaning any new builds must be designed with efficiency at their core.

Modular construction’s tightly controlled design and manufacturing process means physical waste can be reduced by up to 90 per cent, and energy usage by up to 67 per cent compared to a traditional build, according to research from WRAP. Its standardised design means units can be assembled in any formation, and allows energy efficient systems to be fitted up front. This delivers significant savings not only during construction, but throughout the building’s lifecycle, with its precise design helping to slash running costs.

Modular methods are also a natural fit for live working environments like schools, where work is typically constrained by term-time activity. Offsite construction ensures minimal disruption and speedy installation, reducing on site construction periods by at least 60%.

The government has already recognised the potential of offsite construction to deliver the education infrastructure the UK needs, with the introduction of the Department for Education’s £300million modular framework for secondary schools and the £95million modular framework for primary schools. We know the success already achieved by the Department for Education is driving the government to significantly expand delivery though modern methods of construction, which is fully supported by the offsite manufacturing industry.”

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