As the summer holidays near the end, what happens if your building work is running behind schedule? Eleanor Kilminster and Rebecca Evans from law firm Winckworth Sherwood, give some advice on what schools should consider in such an event
With Bedford experiencing an above-average population boom, resulting in a rise in pupil numbers, Bedford Borough Council has embraced standardised designs and partnership working to increase the capacity of many of its schools
In early October, the Education Funding Agency issued the much anticipated design guidance for the schools that will be built under the Government’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP). Referred to as ‘Austerity Schools’ by some, the plans aim to reduce the cost of new school buildings by 30 per cent and will help local authorities cut capital spending.
Ian Henning, technical manager at the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, explains why it’s imperative that all roofs on UK educational establishments are well designed and maintained to help reduce the financial burden on local authorities’ stretched budgets.
The DfE’s recent announcement regarding the Priority School Building Programme sets out the Government’s vision of ensuring that England’s school estate remains fit for purpose while offering every student a well equipped and modern learning environment. It also highlights the scale of the challenge. Refurbishing historic school buildings can play an effective part of the strategy to achieve this vision, writes Tim Brennan, senior regeneration adviser at English Heritage
As construction of the first standardised Sunesis school in the UK gets underway at Oakfield Primary in Rugby, the model receives endorsement from the Design Council. According to its makers, it can reduce construction costs by an average of 30 percent and can be erected in just 20 weeks.
A new framework in the West Midlands is helping to deliver high quality schools against a backdrop of severe public sector cuts. Andrew Peasgood, Worcestershire County Council’s framework manager for West Midlands Contractor Framework, explains how