2 years to deliver 600 New Schools
Ryan Tute of Infrastructure Intelligence reports that more than 12,000 new school classrooms need to be built in the next two years to accommodate for the soaring number of primary and secondary pupils in England that are expected, according to the latest research undertaken by the Scape Group.
385,000 additional pupils
The public procurement specialists claim that England will see more than 385,000 additional pupils enter the primary and secondary school system by 2021/2022, filling the equivalent of 12,835 extra classrooms with London, the south east and the south west anticipated to see the largest increase.
5.5% Pupil Increase over next 2 years
The latest School Places Challenge report published by the organisation once again identifies the vital need for more educational infrastructure with England’s school-aged population set to increase by 5.5% over the next two years.
Every English Region Hit
Furthermore, Scape say every region in England will experience at least a 3% increase on the current number of pupils by 2021/22. Local authorities in the south east will have to build the most primary school classrooms (568), while local authorities in London will have to build the most secondary school classrooms (1,872).
Birmingham & Manchester Need 53 New Schools
Birmingham is the region which faces the most substantial projected rise in students with Manchester coming in a close second. Both cities can expect more than 12,000 extra secondary pupils by 2021/2022. Between them, they will need to provide the equivalent of 53 new schools in the next two years, according to the research.
Off-Site Seen as the Answer
To combat the growing schools gap, Scape believes the adoption of offsite construction as the main method of building for all new schools is crucial because if modular can grow in scale, building schools of the future will become more efficient and cost-effective.
Section 106 Agreement Collaboration
The public sector group is also calling for greater collaboration between councils and developers to ensure that secondary schools are built in major urban extensions and developments first, through agreements between developers seeking planning permission and the local planning authority (Section 106 agreements).
Brexit Has Overshadowed Education
The group’s chief executive Mark Robinson believes the government’s intense focus on Brexit has led to education dropping down the agenda. He is adamant that more attention needs to be paid to schooling with every part of the UK said to need more schools with local authorities nationwide “feeling the strain”.
Robinson added: “We must collectively focus on delivering a strategy and solutions which not only provide high-quality, modern spaces for teaching and learning but also offer our colleagues in local authorities cost certainty, value for money and timely delivery. This issue is likely to be exacerbated in the coming years if we do not think and act more creatively now. Good schools are the bedrock of our society, and there can be no room for error.”
Schools Need ‘SMART’ too.
Continuing Weekly Insight’s interest in Design Thinking, it may not be long before DfMA requires us to specify and incorporate ‘appropriate’ technology into school buildings as well as housing. As part of Design for Manufacture & Assembly (DfMA) it could be part of a holistic Off-Site construction approach. Schools and Offices, as well as new houses and flats, need to address changing material science and technology and combine this to bring AI right into the way your business designs and delivers projects.
DfMA at the forefront
As Off-Site construction matures into Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) it is clearly at the forefront as an enabler for such delivery. New homes will very soon be ‘Smart’ in numerous ways, including full incorporation of energy saving and TIoT (the internet of things) to deliver major components. This is something that ‘Off-Site’. DfMA (Design for Manufacture & Assembly) will need to seriously consider as the industry moves forward.
Greater collaborative ‘partnering’ between architects, builders and manufacturers is needed to accomplish this The greater speed, accuracy and quality that can result from manufacturing components in a dry, controlled factory environment, together with the ability tom incorporate (yet to be invented) ‘Smart Ware’ gives home builders perhaps the only way of achieving this, together with improved on-site build quality AND controlling costs.
While resistance to the change to DfMA has been the norm, the wish of most UK Builders to deliver excellent customer service and top notch homes is now driving an increasing number to choose Off-Site for their developments. Also, as ‘OffSite Hub” note, architects and designers are moving toward DfMA, something w have been encouraging for over 20 years. The emergence of LA Developers will only speed up this process.
Easy Timber Frame
To assist them in doing so our “Easy Timber Frame “ now offers standard size modular timber frame elements for them to use as a design base, cutting down on technical design and engineering to produce win-win results.