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.
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.
As a growing population puts further strain on the demand for public services and school places, local authorities are turning to modular buildings to construct lower carbon buildings more quickly. These buildings, which are typically manufactured offsite and pieced together, demand an alternative approach when it comes to lighting control solutions. Martyn Frear, Business Development Manager at CP Electronics looks at key drivers behind the modular building boom and what this means for the lighting control industry.
Modular buildings…a viable option?