by QA Education editor Victoria Galligan
With a rising number of pupils and an ever-increasing demand for schools in the most populated areas of the country, the need for more classrooms continues to grow – and fast. Many schools find themselves stuck in older buildings which now cost a lot to maintain or, worse still, are no longer fit for purpose.
Here, we look at the modern methods of construction (MMC) which are changing the landscape of the building trade and ask: is modular right for your school…
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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.
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Anthony Langan, director and education sector lead at architecture and building consultancy practice AHR, explains why modular construction might hold the key to delivering more school places.
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