Design and Build

UK universities could reduce energy bills by £146m a year if they upgrade outdated energy systems, according to new research released by Centrica Business Solutions.

The saving, which amounts to £2.19bn over a typical 15-year energy contract, is identified in a new study that aims to assess the economic opportunity of public sector organisations adopting green technology.

According to the National Education Union (NEU), Britain is facing the worst shortage of school places for decades. This is resulting in numerous problems, such as overcrowded classrooms, primary schools expanding beyond an optimum size and children having to travel further to school. 

 

Based just one mile west of Manchester, the University of Salford has been established since 1967. Home to over 19,500 students and 2,700 members of staff, the University is made up of two campuses which are part of a £650m regeneration scheme for the local area. The university refurbishment began in 2014, when a number of areas in the main campus of the University of Salford including Peel Hall, a historic Victorian building with original features housing the University’s lecture theatres, were revamped.

Allan Hunt is director of education at AHR Building Consultancy, and an expert on the Condition Improvement Funding (CIF) bidding process. Here, he advises on making a successful bid…

Richard Hyams from architects astudio discusses how modular buildings offer an affordable alternative to traditionally built classrooms…

For many of us, the idea of a modular school building will rouse memories of dank cabins lacking heating and running water, shunted onto school sites to meet intense demand for school places or as quick fixes during the construction of more permanent extensions.

Modular has come a long way since then, though, and such an image is a far cry from the reality of what modular buildings can do for our schools.

A team of six Year 10 students from Bradfield School, Sheffield, are to take part in the national finals of the engineering competition ‘F1 in Schools’ after placing 3rd in the Yorkshire and Humber regional final last month.

Energys Group won a competitive tender, worth over £1.7million, to manufacture, supply and install LED lighting to 12 Academies for two Academy Trusts.

The Ormiston Academies Trust and Brooke Weston Trust are sponsors of primary and secondary academies. As educational trusts, their aims are for all young people to have access to the highest academic, social and practical skills required to achieve their full potential, whether going on to study at a leading university or entering the world of work.

The opportunity

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?

It is said that the standard of the education is down to the teacher’s skills and somewhat of the individual; others will place more emphasis on the resources of the school. But what about the building itself? The sound of commuter traffic from the outside drifts in, voices in the hallway can be heard as people walk to class, a draft from the windows sweep in - not a comfortable environment to learn in, let alone to concentrate. Secondary glazing can help combat all of these problems and can also improve a building’s energy efficiency and increase window security.