Construction Best Practice through Proactive Partnering

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?

Well in Greater Manchester they are still tackling the problem with a 12.5% increase in primary school place requirements from 2013 – 2019 and a 19.3% increase in secondary school place requirements from 2013 – 2020. So Manchester City Council turned to offsite construction to solve their school place problems for the speed and efficiency it could deliver. They decided to procure this solution through the North West Construction Hub which was launched with the intention of delivering projects quickly and effectively.

ISG Construction was successful in securing the Manchester Schools Framework through the Construction Hub. This Construction Best Practice through Proactive Partneringwas partly due to their decision to form a strong partnership with Premier Modular and a full complement of design team partners from the outset of the tendering stage. The benefits realised through knowledge, efficiencies, timescales and the teams solution focused approach meant ISG were successful with the £25m school deal.

The use of design team meetings and lessons learnt with all parties meant that improvements and efficiencies were realised on each project delivered. This achieved;

  • a high level of design standardisation through development of repeatable classroom block components
  • design team efficiency improved by utilising high levels of modular experiencefrom the outset
  • greater client understanding in terms of needs and aspirations
  • supply chain knowledgeand buying powerwas leveraged
  • manufacturing capacity was optimised due to pipeline visibility 
  • every detail of the buildings was scrutinised and reworked where opportunities existed to continuously  improve quality and maximise offsite 


Construction Best Practice through Proactive PartneringIn Phase 1, ISG and Premier worked on two schools, firstly providing a new permanent classroom block to accommodate an additional form of entry for St Margaret’s C of E Primary School. Creating approximately 775m2of accommodation for their nursery and foundation stage classes.Then providing a dining hall extension at St Matthews RC High School, incorporating 5 modules with a large glazed front to provide additional space, completed during the summer holidays to eliminate disruption to the school.