The use of modular construction radically reduces both disruption to teaching and time on-site, both which are essential factors when schools have an urgent need for additional school places

Building designers and architects should take into account estimated energy use from the design stage of a building project, so that energy efficiency can be designed-in from the start

With schools up and down the country under pressure to provide extra pupil places, Jackie Maginnis from the MPBA explores how modular buildings can be the solution that the sector is searching for

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

With space at a premium, the provision of modular classrooms and learning environments that meet with performance, aesthetic and legislative requirements is at an all-time high

Not all schools, academies or free schools have the expertise to deal with the complex tendering and procurement processes in advance of a construction project. So where can they turn for help?

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

With their knowledge and experience, modular suppliers are well positioned to provide modern, comfortable and functional facilities to an education sector that continues to feel the pinch.

The new playground of English Martyrs Primary has succeeded in providing the pupils of this inner city London school with an inspirational and engaging play area.

Design and architecture are capable of addressing a much broader notion of sustainability than just energy and carbon reduction, writes the Design Council's Alan Thompson and Bel Reed