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Published: 27 June 2019 in Sectors

How Can Modular Buildings Be Used In Further Education?

Institutes of further education are typically the epicentres of the latest technology and thinking, and this is no different in terms of construction. Many universities for example are full of bespoke buildings constructed through state-of-the-art methods.

These prestigious institutions are almost constantly on the lookout for an expansion solution to provide their students with fantastic learning facilities, but it is not always practical or cost-effective to opt for a project which utilises traditional construction methods and will therefore take several years to complete. In this blog therefore, we will explore how bespoke, modular buildings are the perfect answer to this issue.

The applications of off-site construction for universities

The use of modular buildings in education is nothing particularly new, but it is something that many of the decision makers at further education institutes overlook. However, there have been several recent cases where high-profile institutions have turned to off-site methods to help in expanding their learning environment. One of the most recent examples within the industry can be found on the Bay Campus at Swansea University.

The Welsh university has commissioned the construction of a new teaching facility for their students. The 60 modular building will be two storeys and contain lecture suites, PC labs and flexible spaces by use of folding partitions. All of this will be constructed off-site, which highlights the primary benefits of modular buildings: speed. As the modules are put together off-site, grounds work can take place alongside its construction, with a total project time of 22 weeks. The use of modern methods such as these lead to as little disruption as possible for students and staff alike, whilst delivering a bespoke, state-of-the-art learning facility. 

Our work in the education sector

Here at Springfield, we have a long, rich history of work within the education sector. With our close links with local councils such as Manchester City Council, our team has a wealth of experience in offering bespoke learning environments to a vast range of schools. Our work with Moor Hey School is one of our most recent projects. We understand more than most that schools are under increasing financial pressure, and the rising number of pupils looking for places only makes it harder to be able to provide a health learning environment.

As the example above touches on, modular buildings offer a fantastic solution for schools in these positions and there is no reason why these applications cannot be extended to higher education institutions. The primary benefits of buildings of this type lie in the fast turnaround times off-site construction offers. The modules of your building are constructed in our ISO-approved workshop and delivered onsite to be installed in a matter of days. With the increase in speed, comes the decrease in cost and the reduction of disruption for your school. An example of our particularly bespoke service can be seen with the alternative resource provision we constructed for Mead Primary School.

We relish the opportunity of offer a truly bespoke service to educational institutions of all levels, and strongly believe that the applications of modular buildings can be extended to that of further education such as universities. If you would like to find out more about our work in the education sector, or would like to contact a member of our expert team, visit our website or call us on 01744 851958.

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